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Section 8 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. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher eligibility is based on income, not assets. So, it is possible to own a house or other real estate and still qualify for Section 8. However, income for the purposes of determining Section 8 eligibility must include the income you...

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  9. 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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  10. All members of the household must be identified on the application and lease. You may not have other persons who did not go through the approval process living in the unit. If you would like to add an additional household member, contact the housing authority...

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  11. There currently is no nationwide waiting list for any United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) affordable housing program.

    Housing assistance is administered on the local level, generally on a county or city-wide...

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. The Moving to Work voucher program is an ongoing HUD demonstration program that gives an enormous amount of policy flexibility...

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. In an opinion piece written on the eve of the 2016 Presidential election, we wrote that if elected, Donald...

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  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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  22. 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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