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How to Apply for Section 8

How do you apply for section 8 am I eligible for section 8

Overview

The Section 8 housing program, which is officially known as the Housing Choice Vouchers program, is a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD (Ref 1). State public housing authorities apply for federal funding to provide more choices to low-income families, and the elderly and disabled, for affordable housing. Private owners of rental properties apply to have their properties approved for Section 8 housing. The Section 8 program provides approved families with a voucher used to locate approved housing. Families pay a portion of the rent based on income and the Section 8 program pays the balance (Ref 2).

Step one

Meet eligibility requirements for participation in the Section 8 voucher program. Eligible families are U.S. citizens, or qualified non-citizen immigrants. Eligibility also is based on the family’s size and total annual gross income to determine eligibility. Family income cannot exceed 50 percent of the median income, based on levels determined by HUD, in the family’s city or county of residence (Ref 3).

Step two

Contact your local PHA to find out how to apply for Section 8 housing and how to request an application. Some agencies require you to make an appointment and others have an online application you can submit electronically. The HUD website provides a listing of state public housing authorities and contact information (Ref 4).

Step three

Complete the application and provide the required documentation, including proof of income and assets, identification for all family members and employment information. The FHA verifies all information on your application to make a determination about your eligibility for Section 8 housing and the amount of assistance you will receive. If approved, your FHA places you on a waiting list, unless it is able to offer immediate assistance, and provides you with a voucher when your name comes up on the list (Ref 3).

Tips

Long Section 8 waiting lists mean long waits for approved families. PHAs may establish local preferences for approving families and also may close waiting lists that exceed the housing resources available. Many programs provide resources for you to check your position on the waiting list. Notify your PHA of any changes in your contact information so you can be sure to receive notifications (Ref 3).

References

U.S. HUD: About PIH

http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/about/index.cfm

U.S. HUD: Tenant Based Vouchers

http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/hcv/tenant.cfm

U.S. HUD: Housing and Urban Development: Housing Choice Vouchers Fact Sheet

http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/hcv/about/fact_sheet.cfm

U.S. HUD: Housing and Urban Development: PHA Contact Information

http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/pha/contacts/

Housing Authority of the City of Augusta, Georgia: Applying for Assistance

http://www.augustapha.org/ApplyingForAssistance.aspx

Resources

HUD.gov

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD

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