Will Section 8 vouchers pay all of my rent?

Answer

Probably not, but it could pay all of your rent if you have no, or very little income.

Your portion of the rent depends on the total income of the family. This includes earnings, Social Security and any other type of government benefits or pensions, except medical and food stamps. In general, the monthly amount you have to pay will be thirty to forty percent of your income, after all possible deductions are calculated. Deductions from your gross income are given for children under 18, full time students over 18, and head of household members who are over 62. Special deductions could be given for childcare if you are working or attending school, or for medical bills if the head of household is over 62, or disabled.

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?