What is Section 8?
Section 8 refers to the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The program provides housing vouchers to low-income residents in need of affordable housing.
Section 8 is operated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered at the state level by local public housing authorities (PHAs), such as the Housing Authority of Christian County (HACC).
A family that qualifies for a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit where the owner agrees to rent under the program. Participants may choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program, including minimum standards of health and safety as determined by HUD.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participant. The participant then pays the difference between the rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
Do I qualify for Section 8 housing?
Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by HACC based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. 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. Median income levels vary by location. Check income eligibility here.
During the application process, HACC will collect and verify information on family income, assets and family size.
Learn more about eligibility requirements here.
How to Apply for Section 8
HACC maintains a waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 program. When the waiting list is open, applicants must submit a pre-application to review initial eligibility. If HACC determines that your family is eligible, you will be placed on the waiting list. Preference will be given to local applicants and U.S. military veterans; all others will be placed on the list based on time and date of pre-application submission.
Once a voucher is available, you will be sent a full application to fill out and return. During this process, you will need to provide supporting documentation, including past pay stubs, history of previous employment and references from past landlords.
HACC will then contact you and issue you a housing voucher. Then, when your housing unit is inspected and approved, you will sign a lease with the landlord for at least one year.
After moving in, you are expected to comply with the lease and the program requirements, pay your share of rent on time, maintain the unit in good condition and notify HACC of any changes in income or family composition.
Personal assistance with the application process is available from the Section 8 Coordinator at HACC. If you’re ready to start the process, you can download your online pre-application here.