Are there other voucher programs?

  1. Mainstream Voucher Program
  2. Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Voucher Program

Since the creation of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, offshoots of the program and new types of Housing Choice Vouchers have been created.

Part 1: Mainstream Voucher Program

Who Qualifies for the Mainstream Voucher Program?

Mainstream Vouchers require that any non-elderly adult member of the household, age 18 to 61, has a documented disability. Remaining requirements for eligibility are the same as for regular Housing Choice Vouchers.

The program works much like the regular Housing Choice Voucher program to help pay a family’s rent by making direct payments to the owner. The rent subsidy is based on the size of the unit and the adjusted income of the family.  Mainstream Voucher applicants are picked from the same waiting list created for regular Housing Choice Vouchers.

Funding for the Mainstream program is separate from funding for the regular HCV program, and not all Public Housing Agencies offer the Mainstream Voucher program.

  • Note: This program is different than the Category 1 Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Voucher Program.  Category 1 NED Vouchers require that the head of household, spouse, co-head must be under age 62 and has a disability.

How Can I Get A Mainstream Voucher?

Mainstream Voucher waiting list openings are reported by Affordable Housing Online here. Select a "Mainstream Section 8 HCV Waiting List" for information on how to apply.

Also, a list of the PHAs that receive funding for the Mainstream Voucher program can be found here. Select the "Mainstream Awards by PHA" link. Note: A spreadsheet will be downloaded to your computer or device when selecting that link.

Contact any housing authority on that list for more information about its Mainstream Voucher program.

More information on the Mainstream Voucher program can be found on HUD's website here.

Part 2: Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Voucher Program

Who Qualifies for the Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Voucher Program?

There are two different categories of Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Vouchers, which serve specific populations of non-elderly persons with disabilities:

  • Category 1 NED Vouchers
    • The special requirement for the Category 1 NED Voucher program is that the head of household, spouse, co-head must be under age 62 and has a disability.
    • Note: This program is different from the Mainstream Voucher program. Mainstream Vouchers requires any adult member of the household, age 18 to 61, to have a documented disability to be eligible.
  • Category 2 NED Vouchers
    • The special requirement for the Category 2 NED Voucher program is that  the head of household, spouse, or co-head must be under age 62, and have a disability and must be transitioning from a nursing home or other healthcare institution and be provided the services needed to live independently in the community.

Remaining requirements for eligibility are the same as for regular Housing Choice Vouchers.

Both Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Voucher programs work much like the regular Housing Choice Voucher program to help pay a family’s rent by making direct payments to the owner. The rent subsidy is based on the size of the unit and the adjusted income of the family. Requirements for eligibility are the same as for regular Housing Choice Vouchers.

Funding for the NED program is separate from funding for the regular HCV program, and not all Public Housing Agencies offer NED Vouchers.

How Can I Get A NED Voucher?

Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Voucher waiting list openings are reported by Affordable Housing Online here. Select a "Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Section 8 HCV Waiting List" for information on how to apply.

A list of PHAs that have been awarded NED Voucher funding can be found here. Scroll down to the the "How do families obtain NED vouchers?" section, and select the "NED PHAs" link. (Note: As of June, 2021, the list provided by HUD has not been updated since Fiscal Year 2009. This information may be outdated.)

Contact any housing authority on that list for more information about its NED Voucher program.

More information about Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Vouchers can be found here.