How do I qualify for Section 8?
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a government subsidized rental assistance program
for low income households. Anyone that is a United States citizen, over 18 years of age and of low income can apply.
A Section 8 houisng application is difficult to find online because most houisng authorities have to
keep their waiting lists closed because of the popularity of the program.
The Section 8 and Subsidized Housing Online Packet is a tool that is intended to make finding a
section 8 application online easier. The Online Packet also contains updated links to applications for various grant programs
for a low income family or individual. Federal rental assistance programs like Section 8 or Public Housing are always free and funded by HUD. Housing authorities administer the program locally.
In order to sign up for section 8, one must locate a housing authority that is currently accepting applications.
Can I qualify for Section 8 if I have a job?Even if someone has a job, they can still qualify for Section 8 if they meet with HUD's low income median levels. These levels may vary from state to state. A Section 8 landlord does not need to apply for Section 8 to accept the Housing Choice Voucher, but they do need to sign the Housing Assistance Payment contract.
How do I check my status on the Section 8 waiting list?After you have found a houisng authority that is accepting Section 8 applications and completed a Section 8 application, you should be able to check your status online. Most housing authority websites allow applicants to check their status by an assinged number or their socail security number. Remember, Section 8 applications are always free and can only be submitted through houisng authorities, which are funded by HUD.
Low rent and Section 8 houisngWords like: low income and rental assistance are used to describe similar programs when it comes to subsidized housing. "Low rent", implies housing for a low income family or individual which is Section 8 or Public Houisng.
Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to highrise apartments for elderly families. There are approximately 1.2 million households living in public housing units, managed by some 3,300 HAs. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.
Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. An HA determines your eligibility based on: 1) annual gross income; 2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and 3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. If you are eligible, the HA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. HAs will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project's environment.
Proper use of the Fair Housing logoAny individual or agency that advocate fair housing may display the Fair Housing logo. The Housing List Blog found in the Section 8 and Subsidized Housing Online Packet encourages fair housing practices and therefore displays it's logo. Section 8 housing is not necessarily linked to the Amended Fair Housing Act of 1988. Locate rental properties and listings in the areas below with the Section 8 and Subsidized Housing Online Packet:
Low income housing and Public houisng - How long can you have section 8?A housing authority may not terminate your tenancy (right to live there as a tenant) except for : Serious or repeated violations of "material" (important) lease terms, such as: Failure to pay section 8 rent or some other financial obligation or Failure to fulfill a family obligation such as; Not to sublet the unit Not to keep boarders or lodgers To use the unit only as a private dwelling To abide by all housing authority rules and regulations To maintain the unit To not destroy or vandalize the unit To pay for unit damage caused by the family or its guests (other than normal wear and tear) Not to disturb the peaceful enjoyment of other residents Not to engage in criminal activity or alcohol abuse Other good cause: Criminal activity, drug abuse, or alcohol abuse. Click here for information on substance abuse. After you are admitted, the housing authority discovers that the family is ineligible. You make false statements or commit fraud in the application or recertification . HUD Housing The landlord may not terminate your tenancy (right to live there as a tenant) in a HUD subsidized project except for: "Material" (important) noncompliance with the lease, such as: One or more substantial violations lease violation or Repeated minor lease violations that adversely affect the health or safety of any person or right of any tenant to quiet enjoyment of the project interfere with the management of the project have an adverse financial effect on the project or You fail to supply all information required in the recertification process, or you knowingly provide incomplete or inaccurate information during the recertification process. You fail to pay rent or any other financial obligation and beyond the grace period. Material failure to carry out any obligation imposed under Maryland's landlord and tenant laws. (See the Summaries of Law) Criminal activity or alcohol abuse. After completing a section 8 application, tenants can remain on section 8 for a period of ten years. Other good cause. This includes a situation where the landlord gives you prior notice that certain conduct will violate the lease in the future.
Notice of Termination: A Landlord must give tenant written notice of termination of the lease. The notice must include the date of termination; the reason for the termination, with enough detail so that the tenant may prepare a defense; and if termination is due to failure to pay rent, the notice must include the dollar amount of the balance due and the date the computation was made; and advice to tenant that if tenant remains past the termination date, the landlord may seek to enforce the termination only through court action, and that if judicial proceedings are instituted, tenant may present a defense. The notice must be sent to tenant by first class mail, properly stamped and addressed to tenant at his address at the project, and with proper return address. A second copy must be delivered in person to any adult answering at the door of tenant’s unit. If no adult answers the door, the notice must be left under the door or attached to the door. When termination is based on "material non-compliance" with the rental agreement or failure to carry out obligations under state or local landlord-tenant law, then the time of notice must comply with the rental agreement and the law When termination is based on "other good causes", the termination will occur only at the end of a rental term for a tenant that has completed a section 8 apartment application and is in accordance with the rental agreement, and in no case may tenant have less than 30 days' notice. In addition, for "other good cause" termination, tenant must have received a prior notice stating that his specific conduct, if continued, would constitute a basis for termination. That prior notice must be served on tenant in the same way as the notice of termination. Tenant's failure to object to the termination notice does not constitute a waiver of his right to contest the termination in a subsequent judicial proceeding. Evictions
Landlord may seek to evict tenant only by complying with these regulations and with state and local laws governing eviction procedures. State or local law may give to the tenant procedural rights beyond those provided in these regulations, except where the state or local law has been preempted by federal law. Rent Increases and other Changes in the Lease The landlord may change the terms and conditions of the HUD section 8 rental agreement, provided he has received approval from HUD to do so. Tenant must be notified of any changes in the lease in the same way that he would be notified of termination of the tenancy, including at least 60 days’ notice in Baltimore City and at least 30 days’ notice in the rest of the state. Exemptions These provisions do not apply where tenant's occupancy is terminated because HUD, or the landlord with HUD's consent, has decided to substantially rehabilitate or demolish the project, or sell the project to a purchaser for substantial rehabilitation or demolition. Section 8 Housing A housing authority may not terminate a Section 8 voucher except for: An eviction from the program after completing a Section 8 application form where a judge found a serious violation of the lease. You fail to sign consent forms. Hiram Lewis and other services like the Online Packet can aid one in locating applications, but it is always free to apply for section 8. You fail to establish citizenship status or eligible immigration status. You violate a family obligation, such as you fail to: Supply required information, or Fix any HQS breach caused by the family, or Make the unit available for Section 8 inspections, or Notify the housing authority and landlord when the family moves, or Not to commit any serious or repeated lease violation, or Provide the housing authority with any lease termination notices, or Use and occupy the unit within guidelines, or Notify the housing authority of any family absence from the unit, or In addition, it is considered a violation if you are a family member living in the unit: have any interest in the unit, or commit fraud or other program violation, or engage in alcohol abuse or drug-related or violent criminal activity or activity that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of other residents or persons residing in the immediate vicinity to accept Section 8 tenant-based assistance while receiving another housing subsidy for the same unit has been evicted after filling out a HUD application online in the last five years. has been terminated from the Section 8 program.
In order to obtain a Section 8 Program Housing Voucher you need to meet many requirements and one of them is falling under the income group that normally qualifies for getting Section 8 Program Housing facilities. The various income groups are calculated on the median income of the particular city or state and this income may vary from year to year. For instance around 2000 and 2003 the US median income was around $62,200 to qualify for Section 8 and or complete a low income housing application and in 2008 it rose to around $67,000. So whether you fall under low-income group, very low-income group or extremely low-income group depends on what percentage of the median income constitutes of your total income. Let us quickly go through the various low-income groups. · Low-income group: Your income is 20% less than the median income of your region. According to 2007 figures if you are a single person family and your income is around $59,400 per annum then you come under the low-income group. The per annum figure increases with the number of members in the family. If there are two members in your family then your family falls under the HUD median low-income group if your family income per annum is $67,900. If there are five people in your family then a family income of $91,605 qualifies you as the low-income group family. So there are different numbers for different families.