Frequently Asked Questions

Section 8

  1. Can I use a Section 8 voucher to pay my mortgage?
  2. Can I take my Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to a different area?
  3. What are the regulations about having a Moving to Work voucher?
  4. Are you eligible for Section 8 if you own a home or other real estate?
  5. I'm a Section 8 landlord and my tenant caused major damage to the unit. What recourse do I have against the tenant or housing authority?
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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?
  4. View All Homeownership Questions

Porting

  1. Can I take my Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to a different area?
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Waiting Lists

  1. Can part-time workers qualify?
  2. Will child and transportation expenses be deducted when calculating our contribution to rent?
  3. Do I have to update my application information if there is a change? How do I do it?
  4. Is there a universal nationwide waiting list for Section 8 and Public Housing?
  5. The need for affordable housing is a serious concern to many. Why are "lotteries" used to decide who gets help?
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Income

  1. Can part-time workers qualify?
  2. Will child and transportation expenses be deducted when calculating our contribution to rent?
  3. What are the regulations about having a Moving to Work voucher?
  4. What has to be included in my household income?
  5. If you report a change in your income, will they make you move?
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Eligibility

  1. Can part-time workers qualify?
  2. Will child and transportation expenses be deducted when calculating our contribution to rent?
  3. I lost my housing because I had to move away. Now that I have moved back, can I get assistance again?
  4. If my child is disabled, would I qualify for a disability preference?
  5. How do I apply for affordable housing assistance?
  6. View All Eligibility Questions

Landlord

  1. 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?
  2. I'm a Section 8 landlord and my tenant caused major damage to the unit. What recourse do I have against the tenant or housing authority?
  3. Must a landlord allow me to have a comfort animal if my doctor has said I need one?
  4. If your name comes up on a waiting list, but you still owe money to a landlord, do you lose your spot?
  5. What are the requirements to be a Section 8 landlord? Are housing quality standards uniform throughout the country?
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Tenant

  1. 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?
  2. How can I file a complaint to the housing office?
  3. Must a landlord allow me to have a comfort animal if my doctor has said I need one?
  4. Can I smoke in my unit?
  5. I lost my housing because I had to move away. Now that I have moved back, can I get assistance again?
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Complaint

  1. How can I file a complaint to the housing office?
  2. 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?
  3. How do I file a complaint to HUD about being mistreated by a managing housing office?
  4. View All Complaint Questions

Housing Authority

  1. Can I use a Section 8 voucher to pay my mortgage?
  2. What are the regulations about having a Moving to Work voucher?
  3. I'm a Section 8 landlord and my tenant caused major damage to the unit. What recourse do I have against the tenant or housing authority?
  4. How can I file a complaint to the housing office?
  5. Is there a housing program to pay towards owning a home?
  6. View All Housing Authority Questions

Affordable Housing Market

  1. Can I take my Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to a different area?
  2. How can I find out the area the housing authority serves?
  3. How many bedrooms am I eligible for?
  4. Can I apply to multiple waiting lists?
  5. The Section 8 and/or Public Housing waiting lists in my area are closed. Are there other affordable housing programs?
  6. View All Affordable Housing Market Questions

Preferences

  1. Does your chance of receiving rental assistance increase if you are homeless, or live in a shelter?
  2. If my child is disabled, would I qualify for a disability preference?
  3. If a waiting list is closed, but I qualify for a preference, can I still apply?
  4. I am disabled, what are my options?
  5. How can I be assured that I will be placed on the waiting list?
  6. View All Preferences Questions

Scam

  1. 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?
  2. I would like to to cancel my subscription. Please do not charge me any additional fees.
  3. I applied to the waiting list by paying the fee, but they have not contacted me after a few months. What can I do?
  4. I am afraid to put my Social Security Number on the online application because of hackers. Is it safe to give this information?
  5. View All Scam Questions

Emergency

  1. Does your chance of receiving rental assistance increase if you are homeless, or live in a shelter?
  2. Can a homeless person apply for housing assistance?
  3. My income will be lower after I move. Would I apply using my current income, or the income I will receive after moving?
  4. Does HUD ever help in emergency cases for housing?
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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?
  3. View All Inspection Questions

Public Housing

  1. Can I smoke in my unit?
  2. Is there a universal nationwide waiting list for Section 8 and Public Housing?
  3. The Section 8 and/or Public Housing waiting lists in my area are closed. Are there other affordable housing programs?
  4. 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. I would like to to cancel my subscription. Please do not charge me any additional fees.
  2. Can you send an application to me?
  3. View All Affordable Housing Online Questions