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  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. If you are participating in a HUD program managed by the housing authority, such as Section 8 or Public Housing, contact the housing authority office to file a complaint. You...

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  3. 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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  4. Section 8 housing is a federally funded program aimed to assist low-income families in America pay for rent. There are two different branches of the Section 8 program: the Housing Choice Voucher program (called "tenant-based" assistance), which allows you to choose...

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  5. 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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  6. If you believe your caseworker is treating you unfairly, please contact the housing authority and speak to a supervisor or administrator to handle the issue. Please search our...

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  7. 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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  8. If the housing authority that administers your Section 8 voucher program participates in HUD's Homeownership Voucher program, you can use a Section 8 voucher to assist with your mortgage payment. Of the more than 2.300 housing authorities across the country, HUD...

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  9. Yes, some housing authorities do participate in homeownership programs, and HUD's website provides a great amount of information for future homeowners, including loans, insurance and inspections.

    For more information about HUD's homeownership programs,...

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  10. If you are a tenant in a Public Housing unit, HUD finalized a policy banning smoking on Public Housing premises in late 2016. Please...

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. The Moving to Work voucher program is an ongoing HUD demonstration program that gives an enormous amount of policy flexibility...

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  14. It seems what you describe implies there is a contract between the property manager and the owner. That contract should have had certain requirements of the property manager that they may not have meet.  As far as the extent of the property manager's...

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  15. Yes, in fact, having at least one resident on the housing authority's board is required by law, with a few exceptions.

    According to CFR...

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  16. It is likely that the housing authority is scheduling eligibility appointments with persons on the waiting list. It is also possible that the office hosting an event providing information on how to apply to the waiting list, or providing Section 8 tenants...

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  17. There are more than 2,300 housing authorities in the country that manage a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Each office is run differently, and their policies can differ. Their staffing may be different as well, as an office may have...

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  18. When an inspector comes to assess your unit, they are making sure the house is in good physical condition. Inspectors look at the structure of the unit, whether there is mold or other contaminants, and if there are insects or other animals invading the unit. What...

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  19. In an opinion piece written on the eve of the 2016 Presidential election, we wrote that if elected, Donald...

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  20. No, when you receive a voucher, you have a specific amount of time to use that voucher before it is terminated. 

    You may be able to receive a short extension of the termination date by contacting the housing authority that gave you the voucher,...

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  21. You may not use a Section 8 voucher to receive rental assistance in two different units at the same time.
    If you are the head of household, you may port your voucher to the area you will be moving to, as long as you have lived in your...

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