What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Housing Choice Vouchers Program, also known as Section 8, provides assistance to eligible low- and moderate-income families to rent housing anywhere, not just in subsidized housing projects. The federal assistance program works as a rental subsidy that allows families to pay a reasonable amount of their income toward rent. Generally, families will pay no more than 40 percent of their adjusted monthly income toward their rent share. The rental subsidy will cover the rest. Housing Choice Vouchers can be used in every major market in the United States and are administered locally by municipal public housing agencies (PHAs).

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