How can I fill out a Section 8 application online?
Rental assistance programs allow low income families to receive help paying their rent. To qualify for a housing choice voucher, your yearly income must be below a certain level. Income limits are established annually by the Department for Housing and Urban Development, based on the annual median income for the area. If you are applying for low-income housing, the local authority will check your income using tax returns and pay stubs, to verify that you are eligible for the program.
Types of Low-Income Housing
The two main types of government-subsidized housing are public housing and the Section 8 program. The Department of Housing and Urban Development oversees and helps implement both. Local housing authorities manage public housing units, which they offer at rents affordable to low-income households. The Section 8 program provides vouchers to low-income families to make up the difference between the maximum rent for an area, as calculated by HUD, and what the families can afford.
Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. An HA determines your eligibility based on: 1) annual gross income; 2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and 3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. If you are eligible, the HA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. HAs will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project’s environment.
HAs use income limits developed by HUD. HUD sets the lower income limits at 80% and very low income limits at 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which you choose to live. Income limits vary from area to area so you may be eligible at one HA but not at another. The HA serving your community can provide you with the income levels for your area and family size, or you can also find the income limits here on the internet.
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