How Do You Apply Online for Section 8?


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You cannot apply online for the federal housing choice voucher program, also known as Section 8 housing, as of April 2015. Instead, you must apply in person at a Public Housing Agency location.

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Find the nearest Public Housing Agency location by using the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's online interactive map. Select the state you live in on the interactive map or in the state list. State contact information pages list addresses, phone numbers and fax numbers of Public Housing Agency locations by cities or counties. Once you find the nearest location, fill out forms and provide supporting documentation detailing your citizenship status, family composition, income and resources. The Public Housing Agency must verify the information by contacting banks, employers and other agencies. In some areas, priority is given to veterans and surviving spouses of veterans, the elderly, those with children, homeless people and victims of domestic abuse.

Generally, the income limit for Section 8 assistance is 50 percent of the median income in the area where the applicant lives, as of 2015. If an applicant is found eligible, his name is put on a waiting list for housing vouchers. Waiting times are often long, and some areas close waiting lists when the lists get too long.

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