Are you automatically approved for Section 8 housing if on a Section 8 waiting list?


Quick Answer

People placed on a Section 8 wait list are not automatically approved for housing vouchers. Inclusion in the list indicates eligibility demonstrated at the time of application. Eligibility is verified a second time when a voucher is distributed and a name is removed from the wait list.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds the Section 8 voucher programs managed by public housing agency, or PHA, offices. The local PHA determines eligibility for the wait list and voucher recipients based on family size, assets and total annual gross income. By law, individuals and families with incomes that do not exceed 30 percent of the median income for an area receive 75 percent of the available PHA vouchers.

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