Section 8

Section 8 Housing Information (for landlords)

The Section 8 program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities in affording decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, apartments, and townhouses.

The participants can choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program, and, is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Section 8 is administered by the Public Housing Authority (PHA). The PHA receives federal funds from HUD (Housing & Urban Development) to administer Section 8. Once someone has been approved for Section 8, it is their responsibility to find suitable housing where the Landlord agrees to rent under the program guidelines.

Note: The Landlord never gets involved in the process of establishing the eligibility of tenants to receive rental assistance. The PHA has already determined this before the prospective Section 8 tenant calls you.