Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
What are Housing Choice Vouchers?
The Housing Choice Voucher Program 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, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies(PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.
A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA per HUD guidelines and be within the PHA’s reasonable rent payment standards.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference – which includes a Utility Allowance – between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
To learn more about this program please visit: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development