The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing (wherever they choose to live), including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
How It Works:
A family that is issued a Housing Choice Voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit, of thier choice, where the owner agrees to rent under the program. A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord, on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.
Eligibility for a Housing Choice Voucher is based on the family's total annual gross income and family size and is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family's income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county in which the family chooses to live. It's important to note that SCAP last accepted Section 8 applications on April 5, 2017. Therefore, the waiting list will be closed until the majority of those who applied have been placed on the program.