Applications for the Section 8 housing choice voucher program are available through theÂ local public housing authorities. The public housing authority is responsible for reviewing applications, determining an applicant's eligibility and administering the housing choice vouchers.
Section 8 provides vouchers to qualified households, which allows them to find housing of their choice. A landlord that agrees to accept the voucher will receive a subsidy directly from the public housing authority that covers all or a portion of the rent. Some households who are approved to receive a voucher can use it to purchase a modest home. To be eligible for the Section 8 program, households must meet certain criteria including income limits.
The program is limited to United States citizens and legal residents. A household's income cannot exceed 50 percent of the median income for a household of the same size in the county in which they live. During the application process, applicants are required to provide information on each member of the household including date of birth, Social Security number and income. Once the information is verified, the public housing authority will determine eligibility. If the application is accepted, a voucher is issued. In some areas, if there is no available funding, qualified applicants are placed on a waiting list until funding is available.