Participants in the Section 8 voucher program can choose any type of housing they wish as long as it meets program requirements, explains the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Voucher recipients are responsible for finding their own housing through an owner that agrees to participate in the program.
The Section 8 housing voucher program is a federal program that helps eligible low-income families, the elderly and the disabled afford housing in the private market, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Local public housing agencies administer the voucher program through funds received from the federal government. The local authority pays a subsidy directly to the landlord of a voucher recipient, and the renter pays the remaining rent due.