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What are Section 8 Apartments?
A Section 8 apartment is simply an apartment or house that has been rented by someone that can accept the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher. We typically call this person a Section 8 landlord.
Who can rent Section 8 apartments or houses?
Those in search of Section 8 apartments or a Section 8 apartment application, must first be eligible for a housing voucher. The PHA determines the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, a PHA must provide 75 percent of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location. The PHA serving your community can provide you with the income limits for your area and family size.
During the Section 8 application process, the PHA will collect information on family income, assets, and family composition. The PHA will verify this information with other local agencies, your employer and bank, and will use the information to determine program eligibility and the amount of the housing assistance payment. Sometimes the PHA can help applicants find landlords with Section 8 apartments or Section 8 houses for rent.
If the PHA determines that your family is eligible, the PHA will put your name on a waiting list, unless it is able to assist you immediately. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, the PHA will contact you and issue to you a housing voucher.
If you have Section 8 houses for rent and wish to rent to Section 8 Voucher holders, you should inform the local Housing Authority of the availability of your properties and also indicate in your advertising that you welcome Section 8 Voucher holders. Ultimately, it is the Section 8 tenants decision whether or not to rent your property. Section 8 and Public housing are rental assistance programs subsidized by the government. HUD housing and Section 8 applications are always free.
Section 8 and Subsidized Housing Online Packet
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