Requirements for getting a federally subsidized apartment through the housing choice voucher program include having low income and U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen immigration status, reports the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program mainly assists families, the disabled and the elderly.
To qualify for the federal housing choice voucher program, an individual or family's income must be 50 percent or below the median income of the city or county where the family decides to live, according to HUD. To determine the median income level in their area, applicants for subsidized housing should contact the local public housing agency. Many public housing agencies have waiting lists of applicants and give preference to those in extreme need such as homeless people, those living in below-standard housing, those whose rent costs more than 50 percent of their income, and those displaced involuntarily.
Low-income individuals and families apply for federal housing choice vouchers at local public housing agency offices, states HUD. They must provide information and documentation on income, assets and the members of their family. The public housing agency verifies the information by contacting employers, banks and other local agencies. Once applicants are approved, they can use the housing choice vouchers to subsidize their rent at any housing unit that meets health, safety and size standards and the landlord agrees to participate in the program.