Tenants of the program will pay 30% to 40% of their household income towards the rent. A Section 8 Voucher funds a housing assistance payment (HAP) to make up for the difference between the tenant's share and the actual fair market rent. The HAP is sent directly to the landlord. The dollar amount of Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments will vary depending on the income of the household and the approved rent for the apartment.
Regulations & Eligibility The regulations and eligibility requirements for the Section 8 Program are set by HUD. Additionally, the prospective housing unit must meet Federal Housing Quality Standards (HQS) before any subsidy is authorized.
Mission The mission of the Housing Choice Voucher Program is to enable eligible households to rent suitable housing in the private rental housing market outside high-poverty neighborhoods. Once issued, a Housing Choice Voucher remains with the family or individual as long as they remain eligible, even if they move into a new apartment. Housing Choice Vouchers are portable, enabling holders to seek housing anywhere in the U.S., including Puerto Rico.