To apply for Section 8 housing, a person needs to provide information on gross annual income, family size, assets and citizenship status. Section 8 housing vouchers are administered in counties and other municipalities by local public housing agencies using funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Proof of eligibility includes pay check stubs, bank statements, tax statements, business receipts for self-employed applicants and records of child support or alimony payments. Other proof includes birth certificates, social security cards and driver's licenses.
An applicant's public housing agency verifies information by contacting their respective banks, employers and other relevant entities. Once the agency determines if an applicant is eligible, it places the person's name on a waiting list, eventually contacting him to issue a voucher. In some cases, the agency is able to help an applicant immediately with his housing needs without putting him on a waiting list.
Generally speaking, successful applicants do not receive income exceeding 50 percent of the regional median income as established by HUD. Each public housing agency is required by law to provide 75 percent of its Section 8 vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the regional median income.