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Affordable Housing Market Questions

  1. While you may apply anywhere in the country, you must live within the jurisdiction of the housing authority providing assistance once you have been notified that you may begin to receive rental assistance.  

    In regards to the Section 8 Housing...

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  2. Yes, the Section 8 program does allow the transfer of Housing Choice Vouchers to any area with a Housing Choice Voucher program, but only after one year of residency in the jurisdiction of the Housing Authority that issued the voucher. This process...

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  3. You may apply to anywhere in the country, regardless of where you currently live. 

    After applying to an open waiting list, you must live within the jurisdiction of the housing authority or in the apartment community providing assistance...

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  4. Each housing authority serves a specific, city (or cities), county (or counties) - or on some occasions - the entire state. This means that the office only provides assistance in that specific jurisdiction. Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher holders may only use...

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  5. Yes, there are likely other programs available other than Section 8 and Public Housing. Housing authorities often provide additional housing programs. You can also search our website for your area of interest, and scroll down to the list of affordable housing...

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  6. You can apply apply anywhere in the country, and there is no limit on how many waiting lists you can apply to. However, duplicate applications for the same waiting list will likely be terminated. 

    It is important to keep a record of all...

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  7. For Section 8, Public Housing, and other affordable housing programs, your monthly rent payment is 30% of the household's monthly gross income. The housing office will pay the remainder of the monthly rent. However, there are other affordable housing programs,...

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  8. That figure mostly depends on how many people live in your household.

    Generally, up to two people are placed in a bedroom, and adults have separate bedrooms than children. 
    Allocating bedrooms for children can get complicated,...

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  9. Please read our guide on where you can use your voucher, along with step-by-step instructions on how to use our website to find a unit that...

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  10. While it is can be difficult for Section 8 voucher holders to find a unit, there are properties and landlords out there that accept Section 8 Vouchers. You can use our website to make your search easier.
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  11. Generally, when your name reaches the top of a waiting list, you are required to visit the housing office for an in-person interview. Sometimes, just the head of household is required to attend, but depending on the office, but the entire household may be required...

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  12. Not all affordable housing programs are operated by having the tenant pay a portion of their income as rent. There are affordable housing programs, such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credit properties, that offer reduced monthly rent. It is likely that the property...

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  13. The Section 202 program is a HUD rental assistance program specifically for elderly households. 

    You may search our website for your area of interest, and scroll...

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  14. If the waiting list is closed in a desired area, you cannot apply until it reopens. However, you can apply anywhere in the country.

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  15. Yes, it is advantageous to apply to other waiting lists, in the case that you are fortunate enough that you get accepted to a waiting list shorter than the ones you are on.
    You may apply to anywhere in the country, regardless of...

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  16. Generally, the more rural areas of the country have shorter waiting lists, while large metropolitan areas have long waiting lists due to many more people in need of housing assistance in proportion to resources available. 

    If you don't...

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  17. Usually, housing offices won't require an in-person interview until your name reaches the top of the waiting list. However, some offices may require an interview immediately upon submitting your application, or schedule an interview at a later date.

    Housing...

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  18. This page on HUD's website is a good place to start to learn about being a landlord. The housing quality standards for the Section 8 program are uniform...

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  19. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program allows you to live in a HUD-approved unit of your choice. Many of these units are apartments, but you can live in a single family house as well. Please keep in mind that you may not live in any unit you choose, as it...

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  20. If your income changes, and it is still under the specified income limit for the number of persons in your household, you likely wouldn't have to move. And if your monthly rent is income-based, your monthly contribution should decrease.

    However,...

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  21. If the waiting list is closed in the area you want to apply in, you cannot apply at that time, but there may be other programs available other than Section 8 HCV and Public Housing. Housing authorities often provide additional housing programs. You can also...

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  22. No. Finding a unit before receiving your voucher does not have any influence on when you receive your voucher. Once being placed on the waiting list, you must wait until your name reaches the top.

    It is also not recommended to search for a...

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  23. If you are currently on a waiting list, you generally may not transfer your name to another waiting list. You must apply to another waiting list as a new applicant.

    Some housing offices may allow applicants to switch programs for certain circumstances,...

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  24. If your landlord is upping the rent to an amount that is not affordable, it's time to look for another unit.
    We are unable to provide individual housing search assistance. 
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  25. Yes, you can live in the unit, but you will not receive rental assistance by doing so. To be able to receive any kind of rental assistance, you must go through the application process.

    You can obtain a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher by applying...

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