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What is a Section 8 housing voucher for and who can apply for Section 8 housing assistance?
The language or lingo to describe a Section 8 housing assistance application can be confusing. When people refer to a section 8 rental assistance application or section 8 lottery application, they are talking about the same thing. The formal name for the Section 8 program is actually the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. The operative word in the title, is “Choice”. The difference between Section 8 housing assistance program and Public Housing is that the tenant can choose their own dwelling. In the Public Housing program, the tenant must live in a an apartment complex that is affiliated with the housing authority. The application process for any government housing program is always free. You must be a low income, United States citizen in order to apply. There are however some exceptions.
Each State has several housing authorities, which are also called PHA’s, or Public Housing Agencies. HUD allocates funding to these agencies, they in turn administer the Section 8 and low income housing programs. In just about every case, when someone completes a HUD application online or in person, there is always a Section 8 waiting list. This is due to the high demand for low income housing and various rental assistance programs. When someone decides to fill out a Section 8 application or complete a Section 8 lottery application, they must keep their contact information up to date. The housing authority can only contact applicants via the information that they put in their Section 8 lottery application.
Section 8 and Subsidized Housing Online Packet
The Online Packet helps their members to find links to open Section 8 waiting list applications nation wide. The Housing List Blog, which can only be found in the Online Packet, helps low income tenants and Section 8 landlords find each other.