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Learn How to Apply for Section 8 Housing

Low-income families can visit a Public Housing Authority (PHA) to learn how to sign up for housing help. You can get rent payment help from Section 8 if you meet the requirements.

RESOURCES

The Section 8 Program is also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program. It helps low-income people and families who are unable to afford rent payments for an apartment or home. Section 8 is run by the federal government, but PHAs run the program in local areas, like cities or counties.

To get Section 8, people have to meet an income requirement. This requirement is based on the median income in a local area. You can contact a PHA to learn about the median income in your area. You also have to submit any required documents.

How can I sign up for Section 8 Housing?

If you think you meet the requirements for Section 8 in your area, you can apply for help. You can get an application and apply in person at a PHA. Also, some states allow you to apply online. If you apply online, you can complete the application in a few simple steps and avoid waiting in lines.

ADITIONAL RESOURCES

The application will ask you to enter personal information and family information about everyone in your household. You will need to enter information about the head of the household and every family member. This information will include the following:

  • Full names
  • Dates of birth
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Genders
  • Ethnicity and race
  • If any member is pregnant or disabled
  • Family size

All of this information must be accurate.

You will also need to give details about your family income. This includes their salaries, any money they have in the bank and any other sources of income. Once you have completely filled out your application and submitted it, the PHA will review it. If you meet the requirements, you will receive a voucher. If the PHA does not have enough vouchers, you will be placed on a waiting list.

If you are on the Section 8 waiting list, you will have to tell the PHA if your household changes. For example, you will have to let them know if someone joins your household or if your income changes. Once you reach the top of the waiting list, you will receive a housing voucher. Then, you can look for an apartment or house where you can use Section 8 benefits. The Section 8 program will pay part of your rent to the landlord.

Learn More About Applying for Section 8 Housing

Before you fill out a Section 8 application, you should have some documents and information ready. The PHA may ask you to show some documents, like proof of identity or citizenship. The PHA might also run a background check to make sure your application information is correct.

If the PHA accepts your application, they will contact you for an interview. They may ask you to bring more documents to the interview. These documents include the following:

  • Proof of identity (like an ID card, passport, driver’s license).
  • Proof of citizenship or legal immigrant status (like a birth certificate, Social Security card or refugee document from the Department of Homeland Security).
  • Proof of income (like a pay stub, benefit award letter, bank statement).

During the interview, a PHA worker will review the documents and make sure you meet the requirements for Section 8. The worker will ask about your family and gather your documents. You will then have to sign some forms. The housing authority may tell you some information about your rights and responsibilities.

If your application is approved, you will probably be put on a waiting list. When you reach the top of the waiting list, the housing authority will call you for a meeting. Then, they will give you a Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) package and a voucher. When you have these things, you can start looking for a home where you can use your Section 8 benefits.