Are Section 8 and HUD the same thing?


No, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a federal government agency that oversees and manages many different housing programs, including Section 8.

Additionally, Section 8 is an out of date name for the rental assistance program. In 1998, HUD merged two rental assistance programs and named the new program the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. However, people still know the program as Section 8, and many housing authorities still refer to the program as "Section 8."

More Section 8 FAQs from Low Income Households

  • Can I be evicted if my HUD apartment is sold?
  • How Much Are Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers Worth
  • What is Section 8?
  • How do I check my status on a waiting list?
  • Does a Housing Choice Voucher pay for utilities?