How Much Does Section 8 Pay for a Three-Bedroom Property?


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Section 8 rental assistance programs pay rent based on the fair-market rent for the unit’s specific city; for example, fair-market rent for a three-bedroom unit in Abilene, Texas, is $1,111 as of 2015, according to HUD’s website, HUDUser.org. This website publishes fair-market rent amounts for each fiscal year.

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Fair-market rent is based on the data derived from the American Community Survey and compiled by the Office of Management and Budget. This survey estimates the gross rent of two-bedroom dwellings in each area and then makes an allowance of a particular percentage for each additional bedroom. HUDUser.org maintains the Fair Market Rent Documentation System that is searchable by state and then further searchable by county or metropolitan area. The system is prepared by HUD’s Economic and Market Analysis Division.

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