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What Is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the most well known and sought after housing program in America. The organizations that manage this program are called Public Housing Agencies (commonly called 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 HCV 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 HCV program allows voucher holders to rent out a unit of their choice that meets the program’s physical condition and cost guidelines, including privately owned apartments and houses. After one year of tenancy, voucher holders may transfer their voucher to another housing authority's jurisdiction, as long as certain guidelines are met. This is known as porting.

Start the guide at Part 1: How Do I Know If I'm Eligible for the Section 8 HCV Program? or choose a topic from the list below.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Guide