Acceptance to the Section 8 program is based on the annual income of a family; in order for a family to qualify, its income cannot exceed 50 percent of the median income of the county in which it resides. The annual income allowed is based on family size.
The public housing authority in each county or metropolitan area is responsible for determining the annual income allowed for inclusion in the Section 8 program. Applications for the program are available at the housing authority. The information provided on the application for assistance is verified through several resources, including an applicant’s bank and employer. If he is accepted, the applicant is placed on a waiting list. Preference on the list can be given to families who are homeless or who have been involuntarily displaced.
Approved applicants receive a housing choice voucher. Each approved applicant must attend a training class detailing the program’s compliancy requirements. The applicant can select to use the voucher for any home, apartment or other dwelling that accepts vouchers. Inspections are done periodically to ensure that the dwelling is livable and meets the standards established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In some cases, families can use the voucher to help pay for the purchase of a modest home.