The eligibility of a Section 8 housing list application is determined by whether or not the applicant meets citizenship, income and criminal background requirements. All of the information entered on an application is verified by a caseworker before an applicant is approved for assistance.
Local public housing authorities are responsible for receiving and reviewing Section 8 housing applications. A caseworker will verify that a household meets citizenship requirements. Only United States citizens and legal immigrants are eligible to receive assistance through Section 8. The caseworker also verifies the income of all household members. Income, such as wages and child support, are all factored in to determine eligibility. To qualify for assistance, a family's total income cannot exceed 50 percent of the median income for that area.
All adult applicants for Section 8 must pass a criminal records check. If any member of the household is a registered sex offender, the application is automatically denied. Once the application is reviewed and approved, a household will be placed on a waiting list to receive a housing voucher. The wait time for assistance once placed on the list can vary depending on a number of factors, including funding available and the number of applicants on the wait list.