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. A Section 8 apartment application is the same application that one would fill out for Section 8. Apartments that are owned by the housing authority and offer rental assistance, are called Public Housing. Contact your local PHA and inquire about public housing to find an application. That program is usually less popular and more readily available than Section 8.
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.Locate rental properties and listings in the areas below with the Section 8 and Subsidized Housing Online Packet: