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Tenant Based Section 8

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HUD funded rental assistance for low income households administered by a Public Housing Authority (PHA) which also offers a portability feature. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program allows households to rent from private landlords. The tenant pays 3% of monthly income for rent, and the PHA pay0s the landlord the remainder, up to the area's Fair Market Rent (FMR). The units must meet HUD's Housing Quality Standards (HQS).

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