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What is a Section 8 housing application for?
Administered by Public Housing Authorities, the Housing Choice Voucher, or Section 8 voucher program, allows tenants to take a voucher to a private landlord to secure low-income housing on the private market. After completing a Section 8 housing application and coming up on the waiting list, the voucher tenant will pay 30-40% of their income to rent and the housing authority pays the difference, up to a specific payment standard, directly to the landlord. Landlords sign a contract with the housing authority, and tenants have a lease directly with the landlord. This arrangement forms a three-way contractual agreement binding together the housing authority, tenant and landlord. Tenants are eligible for Section 8 vouchers if their income is 30% of area median income or below. Applications are always free. HUD rules require that all members of a household be able to prove legal residency.
For a full list of HUD rules, see the HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program Guidebook. All voucher programs are also governed by the housing authority’s administrative plan. Seattle Housing Authority’s Section 8 Administrative Plan is one example.
Program policies require that voucher holders report changes to income and household size within 10 days to the housing authority. Other program policies require that the unit be maintained by both landlord and tenant to a set of federal Housing Quality Standards or HQS. This requires regular inspection by the PHA and compliance by the landlord. Any unit that will be rented to someone with a voucher must pass the housing authority’s HQS inspection before the voucher can be used for that unit.
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
The housing choice voucher program (formerly called the Section 8 Program) is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The Housing Authority receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program. When a tenant completes a Section 8 housing application, they are typically on a waiting list for several years.
A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the Housing Authority.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Housing Authority on behalf of the participating family in the Section 8 rental assistance program. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
How can I apply for Food Stamps in Los Angeles California?
The Food Stamp program is now called SNAP and is run by the USDA which is a government entity entirely different from HUD. In order to become eligible to apply for Food Stamps in Los Angeles California or anywhere in the United States, you will need to fill out a Food Stamp (SNAP) application for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP application online. You can obtain a copy of the food stamps application from any Social Security or Human Resource office, or you can search for an online application on your state of local government website. Some states allow you to apply for food stamps online, or you can print out the application and turn in the completed form to your Social Security office. The Social Security office will help you fill out the food stamp application and send it to the food stamp office for you.
Learn more about SNAP and how to apply for Food Stamps in New York or any other state
Find more sites by Hiram Lewis and Datatron Industries. They have various sites to help tenants find a Section 8 landlord online as well as other useful directories.
Why should I apply for Section 8?
Section 8 and Public housing are rental assistance programs funded by HUD. A Section 8 applications is always free. If you are of low income, over 18 and a citizen of the United States, applying for Section 8 could mean receiving a rental assistance voucher. Find out if you qualify for Section 8 and where to apply for Section 8. The Online Packet has no government affiliation.
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