Frequently Asked Section 8 Questions

In what areas can you live for Section 8?

While you may apply anywhere in the country, you must live within the jurisdiction of the housing authority providing assistance once you have been no... Read More

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?

If a Project Based Section 8 apartment community is sold and the new owner decides not to renew the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with ... Read More

Can I take my Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to a different area?

Yes, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher participants may move their voucher to a different area, but only once specific conditions are met. This proc... Read More

What is Section 8?

Section 8 housing is a federally funded program aimed to assist low-income families in America pay for rent. There are two different branches of th... Read More

Can I use a Section 8 voucher to pay my mortgage?

If the housing authority that administers your Section 8 voucher program participates in HUD's Homeownership Voucher program, you can use a Section 8 ... Read More

Are you eligible for Section 8 if you own a home or other real estate?

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher eligibility is based on income, not assets. So, it is possible to own a house or other real estate and still qualify ... Read More

Can I smoke in my unit?

If you are a tenant in a Public Housing unit, ... Read More

The Section 8 and/or Public Housing waiting lists in my area are closed. Are there other affordable housing programs?

If the waiting list is closed in the area you want to apply in, you cannot apply at that time, but there may be other programs available other th... Read More

Why is the housing authority giving Section 8 vouchers when there are no rentals available, and if there are, they don't take Section 8?

While it is can be difficult for Section 8 voucher holders to find a unit, there are properties and landlords out there that accept Section 8 Vou... Read More

If I am living in a Section 8 unit, can I have a roommate who was not approved for Section 8?

All members of the household must be identified on the application and lease. You may not have other persons who did not go through the approval proce... Read More

Is there a universal nationwide waiting list for Section 8 and Public Housing?

There is no universal nationwide waiting list for any affordable housing program.Section 8 and Public Housing waiting lists are managed by P... Read More

I can't find a unit for my Section 8 voucher by the deadline, can I get an extension?

HUD policy requires housing authorities to give a voucher holder at least 60 days to find an eligible unit.If the voucher holder is unable t... Read More

I'm on the Section 8 HCV waiting list; when should I start looking for a unit?

While we cannot give direct advice on what you should do, we can provide you with information for you to make a decision.First, you may use ... Read More

Can a person with a Section 8 voucher rent a room in someone's house?

Generally, your Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must be tied to the lease for a rental property. So, if you are using your voucher to live in a un... Read More

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?

It seems what you describe implies there is a contract between the property manager and the owner. That contract should have had certain requirements ... Read More

My family and I live in Section 8, but I have to move. Can we continue to receive Section 8 assistance in both places?

You may not use a Section 8 voucher to receive rental assistance in two different units at the same time.If you are the... Read More

The housing authority is doing a Section 8 briefing, but the waiting list is closed. What does "briefing" mean?

It is likely that the housing authority is scheduling eligibility appointments with persons on the waiting list. It is also possible that the office h... Read More

When I receive a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, can I terminate it for a year if I have to move temporarily?

No, when you receive a voucher, you have a specific amount of time to use that voucher before it is terminated. You may be able to... Read More

My Section 8 landlord keeps upping the rent. What can I do?

If your landlord is upping the rent to an amount that is not affordable, it's time to look for another unit.We are... Read More

If you don't have a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, but your landlord accepts it, can you rent there?

Yes, you can live in the unit, but you will not receive rental assistance by doing so. To be able to receive any kind of rental assistance, you must g... Read More

If I find housing before I get my Section 8 voucher, can I get approved sooner?

No. Finding a unit before receiving your voucher does not have any influence on when you receive your voucher. Once being placed on the waiting list, ... Read More

Can a family member be the landlord of a Section 8 voucher holder?

Generally, no, unless the tenant is disabled and requests a reasonable accommodation. The policy we are most familiar with states that a relative b... Read More