What Is the Section 8 Voucher Program?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the most well known and sought after housing program in America. The offices that administer this program are called Public Housing Authorities, which are funded and overseen by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). There are more than 2,400 housing authorities nationwide that provide Section 8 assistance for a specific jurisdiction, whether it is a city, county, or region of multiple areas. Program participants pay 30% of the household’s monthly income towards rent, and the rest is paid to the landlord by the housing authority that manages the household’s voucher. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program allows voucher holders the freedom to rent out any unit that meets the program’s physical condition and cost guidelines, including privately owned apartments and houses.

Not all housing authorities offer the Section 8 program, so you should always check your area’s housing authority to see if they do.

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