Frequently Asked Questions

Section 8

  1. I have a Section 8 voucher, how do I find available listings?
  2. If my apartment is part of a Project Based Section 8 project funded by HUD and the property is sold, can the new owner make me move out?
  3. Can I take my Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to a different area?
  4. What is Section 8?
  5. What does an income limit mean?
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Homeownership

  1. Can I use a Section 8 voucher to pay my mortgage?
  2. Are you eligible for Section 8 if you own a home or other real estate?
  3. Is there a housing program to pay towards owning a home?
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Porting

  1. Can I take my Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to a different area?
  2. Can a person with a Section 8 voucher rent a room in someone's house?
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Waiting Lists

  1. Do I have to update my application information if there is a change? How do I do it?
  2. I just applied to a waiting list, now what do I do?
  3. What has to be included in my household income?
  4. Can I apply to multiple waiting lists?
  5. Why is the wait so long?
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Income

  1. What has to be included in my household income?
  2. What does an income limit mean?
  3. Can part-time workers qualify?
  4. If you report a change in your income, will they make you move?
  5. My income will be lower after I move. Would I apply using my current income, or the income I will receive after moving?
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Eligibility

  1. How long after submitting my application will I receive information about my status on the waiting list?
  2. I was placed on a waiting list, does this mean I'm getting rental assistance?
  3. The housing office I applied through told me I didn't qualify to receive assistance, and I don't know why. What could have made me ineligible?
  4. How do I apply for affordable housing assistance?
  5. Who qualifies for affordable housing assistance?
  6. View All Eligibility Questions

Landlord

  1. If my apartment is part of a Project Based Section 8 project funded by HUD and the property is sold, can the new owner make me move out?
  2. If your name comes up on a waiting list, but you still owe money to a landlord, do you lose your spot?
  3. What are the requirements to be a Section 8 landlord? Are housing quality standards uniform throughout the country?
  4. Can a person with a Section 8 voucher rent a room in someone's house?
  5. I'm in affordable housing now, but must move for medical reasons. However, my landlord will not let me out of my lease. What can I do?
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Tenant

  1. How can I file a complaint to the housing office?
  2. How many bedrooms am I eligible for?
  3. How do I file a complaint to HUD about being mistreated by a managing housing office?
  4. If my apartment is part of a Project Based Section 8 project funded by HUD and the property is sold, can the new owner make me move out?
  5. Can I smoke in my unit?
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Complaint

  1. How can I file a complaint to the housing office?
  2. How do I file a complaint to HUD about being mistreated by a managing housing office?
  3. Within a week after applying, I got a nasty and unprofessional response that I was not placed on the waiting list. Could it have been spam?
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Housing Authority

  1. How can I file a complaint to the housing office?
  2. How can I find out the area the housing authority serves?
  3. How do I file a complaint to HUD about being mistreated by a managing housing office?
  4. I have a Section 8 voucher, how do I find available listings?
  5. What is Section 8?
  6. View All Housing Authority Questions

Affordable Housing Market

  1. How can I find out the area the housing authority serves?
  2. How many bedrooms am I eligible for?
  3. Can I apply to multiple waiting lists?
  4. I have a Section 8 voucher, how do I find available listings?
  5. Since Section 8 vouchers are so difficult to get, is there a place to find other housing programs that set rent based on your income?
  6. View All Affordable Housing Market Questions

Preferences

  1. Is there any way I can receive priority placement on a waiting list?
  2. What does it mean if a waiting list has preferences?
  3. Does your chance of receiving rental assistance increase if you are homeless, or live in a shelter?
  4. I am disabled, what are my options?
  5. How can I be assured that I will be placed on the waiting list?
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Scam

  1. I applied to the waiting list by paying the fee, but they have not contacted me after a few months. What can I do?
  2. I would like to to cancel my subscription. Please do not charge me any additional fees.
  3. Within a week after applying, I got a nasty and unprofessional response that I was not placed on the waiting list. Could it have been spam?
  4. I am afraid to put my Social Security Number on the online application because of hackers. Is it safe to give this information?
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Emergency

  1. Does HUD ever help in emergency cases for housing?
  2. If my apartment is part of a Project Based Section 8 project funded by HUD and the property is sold, can the new owner make me move out?
  3. Does your chance of receiving rental assistance increase if you are homeless, or live in a shelter?
  4. Can a homeless person apply for housing assistance?
  5. My income will be lower after I move. Would I apply using my current income, or the income I will receive after moving?
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Inspection

  1. How long does it take for a housing inspector to come out to inspect the unit?
  2. When inspecting the house, what do the inspectors have a right to check? Do they have a right to look in your cupboards, refrigerators or even your stove or oven? Or is that an invasion of privacy?
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Public Housing

  1. What does an income limit mean?
  2. Can I smoke in my unit?
  3. The Section 8 and/or Public Housing waiting lists in my area are closed. Are there other affordable housing programs?
  4. Is there a universal nationwide waiting list for Section 8 and Public Housing?
  5. What will happen to the names on the waiting list for Section 8 and Public Housing if funding gets cut next year?
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Affordable Housing Online

  1. Can you send an application to me?
  2. I would like to to cancel my subscription. Please do not charge me any additional fees.
  3. View All Affordable Housing Online Questions