Frequently Asked Questions
What is section 8?
Section 8 is a voucher program provided by the government to low-income families to assist with rent payments. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) runs the program and you can use our search page to find the office closest to you.
How do I know if I qualify for housing assistance?
To be eligible for assistance you have to above the age of 18. It's based on household income and family size. In most cases, you cannot exceed 50% of the median income in your general area. Once you call or go to your local office you can ask for the qualifications in your area since each one is different based on the cost of living. You can find income limits here to get a general idea.
How do I apply for benefits?
Since benefits go through local public housing offices, you'll have to find the location in your area. Applications are free and you can submit them by mail, at a local office, or sometimes online depending on the specific office. The application will ask for information about all the members of your household.
What happens after I submit my section 8 application?
You'll be put on a waitlist which can take years depending on where you're located. You can reach out to your local office to confirm you're spot on the waitlist. Funding for these programs never really match the demand.
How do I find a house that accepts my voucher?
Now that you've gone through the application process and you have your voucher, you'll have to go look for a property that accepts these vouchers. You can go to GoSection8 to find a house in your area that is accepting it. If you find a place that is more than the voucher then you'll be responsible for the remaining rent.