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How do you apply for Section 8?

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To apply for a Section 8 housing voucher, you must find the local public housing authority office that handles Section 8 applications in your area, determine if it is currently accepting applications, and visit the public housing authority office to complete the application. Your family's demographic information is required.

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  1. Find your local housing authority

    Find your local housing authority's contact information on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's website. The website has an interactive U.S. map. By clicking on your state, you are taken to a listing of your state's public housing authority offices. If you do not have an Internet connection, you can call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for assistance.

  2. Determine if applications are being accepted

    Contact your local public housing authority to ensure they are accepting Section 8 applications.

  3. Collect the information needed for the application

    You need to be prepared with the following information: names and demographic information of all household members, your present address and phone number, family characteristics such as veteran status or currently living in substandard housing, names and addresses of current and previous landlords, sources of income and estimated income for the 12 months following the application, and names and addresses of any employers and banks where you have accounts. You also need your birth certificate and recent tax returns.

  4. Complete the application

    You must visit your local public housing authority office to complete the application. A staff member can assist you in filling out the application and collecting all needed documents.

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