Section 8 housing is a program that was put into place by the U.S. government to assist low-income families in finding affordable housing. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Tenants are able to move into any suitable rental property that meets the program standards as long as the property accepts Section 8 and has reasonable rental rates. Those looking to become eligible for low-income housing must not exceed 50 percent of the median income of the metropolitan area or county in which the family wants to live. In order to begin the process of qualifying for housing assistance, a visit the local HUD office is necessary to apply for a voucher.