What does it mean to go on Section 8?


This means that a family will be given a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher that entitles them to having a portion of their rent paid every month by funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

For many families and individuals, it means the stress of trying to pay rent above their capability will be eased. It also means the household will be limited to finding an apartment or house that rents for under the area’s Fair Market Rents which are rent limits issued by HUD. The Fair Market Rents are updated annually and released to housing authorities to use in the calculation of rent the Housing Authority will pay.

More Section 8 FAQs from Low Income Households

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