Section 8 Vouchers
Section 8 tenant-based vouchers allow people to choose their own housing anywhere they want to live. The vouchers are not limited to particular housing developments like project-based vouchers. Families with Section 8 tenant-based vouchers can choose any apartment or house they want, as long as the rent is reasonable and the unit is safe and clean. If the family moves, the Section 8 rental assistance goes with them.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for a Section 8 rent voucher, your household's income cannot be greater than the Section 8 income limits. Once you get a voucher and find an apartment or house, the landlord will make that determination and check with your previous landlords to make sure that you will be a good tenant
What Rent Will I Pay?
The rent you will pay with a Section 8 voucher depends on your household income, your expenses, your household size, and the rental unit you choose. Generally, households with Section 8 vouchers pay about 30% of their net monthly income for rent.
How Do I apply?
You can apply for Section 8 tenant-based vouchers at public housing agencies . After a quick check of your eligibility, your name will be put on a waiting list if the waiting list is open . If you are in a preference category, you will move ahead of others on the waiting list. It may take years to get a voucher.
A landlord who rents to a Section 8 tenant must follow certain procedures. The landlord must screen the tenant, get approval from Section 8, pass an apartment inspection, sign a lease with the tenant, and sign a contract with Section 8. The rent must be reasonable compared to other rents in the community. The tenant pays a portion of the rent, and Section 8 pays the rest.