Learn How to Apply for Section 8 Housing

The Section 8 Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and was established to provide financial assistance to low-income families in need of housing. To apply for the Section 8 housing program (Housing Choice Voucher Program) locate the nearest unemployment office or public housing authority office. The Section 8 housing application is an easy process provided you meet the requirements of the HUD program and submit all the documentation needed.

Once families have established their eligibility for housing assistance they will be placed on a waiting list to receive their housing voucher. This can be a lengthy process but once a housing voucher is issued, the family can then search for a rental property that meets the criteria of the public housing authorities. Eligibility for Section 8 housing is based on the annual gross income. The eligibility requirements are updated annually by PHA.

Below are additional resources on applying for Section 8 Housing:

  • How do I apply for Section 8 Housing?
  • Preparing for the Section 8 Housing approval process

Find Out How to Apply for Section 8 Housing

You may apply for Section 8 housing online or at your local public housing agency, which varies by state. Before applying make sure you view and meet the eligibility requirements set forth by HUD for your state. Although this will not guarantee your approval if your state offers the Section 8 application online, here is a list of information you will need to provide for the head of the household as well as all other family members:• Names of all family members
• Date of birth and Social Security numbers for each family member
• Gender, Ethnicity and Race for each family member
• Health-related status such as disabled, pregnant or elderly
• Income and other assets

Be certain that all your information is correct and filled out entirely before submitting your online application for section 8. If you have any changes or need to update any information after you submit your application, you will need to fill out an Information Change Form. Preparing for the Section 8 Housing approval process:

After your application has been submitted you may be contacted by a public housing agency (PHA) representative for additional information and/or an interview.

Be sure to have the following documentation on hand:

• Proof of identity (valid state driver’s license or identification card,
current passport, social security card)
• Proof of citizenship or legal immigrant status
• Proof of income (pay stubs, w-2, bank statements, tax returns)

The interview will consist of reviewing your documentation, going over the requirements as well as any additional information. Once your application is approved you will be placed on a waiting list. This can be a lengthy process but once they approach your name on the list they will notify you for your voucher briefing. You will eventually be sent a Request for Tenancy Approval packet (RFTA) and can begin searching for your new home.


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