The Housing Choice Voucher Program, through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides safe and affordable housing assistance for low-income families, elderly persons, and disabled persons.
Local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) distribute Section 8 vouchers to low-income residents, giving them access to low-income housing. The Section 8 program is set up so that the local PHA will pay a housing subsidy directly to the landlord while the resident is responsible for a certain percentage of that monthly rent — the monthly percentage is based on the family’s income and is decided by the Section 8 program.
Do you know how to sign up for Section 8 housing? In order to receive those vouchers, there is an application process and waiting list. We’ve broken down the application process below to help walk you through the different steps of the application process.
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Starting The Process For Section 8 Housing
Starting the application process for Section 8 housing can feel daunting. This list will help you learn how to sign up for Section 8 housing, move through the process, and ensure you meet all of the necessary requirements.
Locate your Public Housing Agency (PHA).
Vouchers for Section 8 housing are handed out by your local PHA. HUD has compiled a list of PHA contact information by state, so that’s a great place to start.
Once you find your PHA, the contact report will help you see what type of low-income housing is available in your area, along with contact information depending on your county or metropolitan area.
Find out if you are eligible.
Before you take the time to fill out and submit an application for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, you want to make sure you’re eligible for the Section 8 program. Your PHA can also help you make sure you meet the proper qualifications.
HUD weighs different factors to see if you and your family are in need of low-income housing. These different factors — age, family size, total family income, citizenship status, and any previous drug-related or criminal evictions — are used by HUD to determine your need for a low-income housing voucher.
In general, classification as low-income is seen as income not exceeding 50 percent of the median income (dependant on the area with the applier lives). Again, your PHA can help you determine the median income and help you properly calculate your income.
Get an application for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.
Once you know you are eligible for a Section 8 voucher, it’s time to start your application. There is a waiting list for the housing program which can take one to two years, so make sure you start the application process as soon as you can.
Depending on your local PHA, the application can be found online or at the office of your local housing authority.
Complete and submit your application.
As we mentioned earlier, there is a waiting list, so make sure you have all the information you need to streamline the process.
Carefully go through your application to make sure to fill in all of the needed information. You will also need information for all family members included on the application, including:
- Name of each applicant
- Date of birth
- Social Security Number
- Gross income
- Mailing and email addresses
- Housing and criminal history
- Phone numbers and contact information
In order for your application to be successful the first time you submit it, make sure you enter all of the information correctly and neatly.
The Section 8 program waiting list
Unfortunately, low-income housing is in high demand, which means that there is a waiting list. Once you’ve submitted your application, it can take a few months to process and one to two years for your application to be chosen from the waiting list.
You will know that your Section 8 housing application was approved when you get confirmation of your placement on the waiting list. This notification will come from your local PHA, either by mail or online.
A rejected application could mean a few different things, including current high demand, missing information, or ineligibility. The PHA will always provide reasoning for your rejection. If applicable, you also have the ability to request an informal review of your application.
Receive your voucher and find housing that qualifies under Section 8.
When your application has been pulled from the waiting list, you will receive your Section 8 voucher.
This voucher is what will let you find low-income housing. Typically, you will only pay 30 percent of your monthly income towards rent. Find housing that offers Section 8 housing and work with your landlord to set up your voucher and get your PHA to pay that portion of your rent.
If you’re not sure where you can use your voucher locally, make sure you contact your PHA for assistance.
Ross Management Group
The application process for the Housing Choice Voucher Program can be tedious, especially when you’re unsure how to sign up for Section 8 housing. That is why knowing where to start and what resources to use is so important. Ultimately, the goal is to get your application approved and placed on the waiting list.
Ross Management Group can help provide low-income housing assistance for properties that work with the Section 8 program. Contact us today to get low-income property management from us!