Is there a deadline to use a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher?

Answer

Voucher households have at least 60 days to find acceptable rental housing according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) policy.

In guidance for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), HUD clarifies that the 60-day term applies to the household's formal Request for Tenancy Approval (RTA) for a unit. The unit does not have to be available for occupancy at the end of the 60-day search term.

More Section 8 FAQs from Low Income Households

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  • 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?