What are the income limits for Section 8 housing?


Quick Answer

To qualify for Section 8 housing, the family’s household income cannot exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area where the family decides to reside. Each year the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes median income levels.

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Median income levels change yearly and vary by location. The local public housing agency (PHA) that administers the Section 8 housing program determines eligibility based on the household’s total annual gross income and the family size. HUD regulations require each PHA to provide 75 percent of its Section 8 housing vouchers to families whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income.

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