What Is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance program allows low-income renters to pay a portion of their monthly income for rent.

Section 8 Vouchers are in extremely high demand. Voucher holders can choose to live in a unit that is owned by a private landlord. However, Section 8 HCV waiting list openings are rare — a waiting list in some areas may not reopen for many years.

Read this guide to learn how to apply to the Section 8 HCV program.

Start the guide at Part 1: Who Qualifies for Section 8 Housing? or choose a topic from the list below.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Guide Guide