What is Section 8?
The Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as the Section 8 program, provides rental assistance (subsidy) for extremely low, very low, and low income households.
How is the Section 8 Program different from Public Housing?
The Public Housing Program provides housing units at specific complexes that have been purchased or renovated using federal funding.
The Section 8 Program provides participants with the ability to seek out housing of their own choice in the private rental market working with individual landlords.
Each program requires a separate application.
What is the Agency Owned/Managed Housing Program?
The Agency Owned/Managed Housing Program consists of numerous apartment buildings that the Area Housing Authority has either purchased or is managing. The rents in these units are usually below the market rate rents for the area. In addition, Agency Owned/Managed units accepts the Section 8 Voucher, thus, increasing the number of housing options available to Voucher-holders.
Who can qualify for Section 8?
How long is the waiting list?
Why am I on the waiting list so long?
How is rental assistance provided?
Who finds the rental units?
What are the tenant’s responsibilities?
- Finding a suitable unit
- Upholding the terms of the lease
- Contacting the Area Housing Authority with any changes in family size or income
- Maintaining the unit in a livable condition and contacting the landlord with problems
- Paying all deposits and security fees
- Providing the Housing Authority with documents and information in a timely manner
What documents will I need to provide at my interview?
- Tax returns
- Proof of citizenship or legal alien status
- Social Security Card (for all members of the
- household, as applicable)
- Income verification documents including
- Social Security and Disability Benefits
- Unemployment Benefits
- Retirement Benefits
- Asset information including
- Bank statements
- Retirement accounts
- Real Property