Session 8 – Know About It

About Section 8
Created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1978, the Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8, provides assistance to eligible low- and moderate-income families to rent housing in the private market. Eligibility for this program is based on a family’s gross annual income and family size.

The program works as a rental subsidy that allows families to pay a reasonable amount of their income toward their rent. Eligible families will receive a voucher to begin searching for housing. Generally, families will pay no more than 40 percent of their adjusted monthly income toward their rent share. NYCHA pays the remaining amount to the owner on the family’s behalf. This payment to the owner is known as the Housing Assistance Payment.

Section 8 participants must comply with all program requirements, including completing their annual certification, accommodating Housing Quality Standards inspections, allowing property owners to make any needed repairs, and adhering to the terms of their lease.


About: Section 8 Housing Application

NYCHA administers the largest Section 8 program in the country. Approximately 90,000 Section 8 vouchers and over 29,000 owners currently participate in the program.

The New York City Housing Preservation & Development and New York State Homes and Community Renewal also operate Section 8 programs in New York City. Please visit their websites for more information.


Q: What are the qualifications for section 8 housing in New York?
A: Each Housing Authority had its own rules by which someone applies for section 8, whether it’s the voucher program or public housing. But since the section 8 pro… Read More »
Q: What Is Section 8 Housing for Senior Citizens?
A: Social Security benefits and other fixed-income programs don’t provide enough financial support for many senior citizens, causing them to search for ways to red… Read More »

Q: How to apply for section 8 housing in New York?
A: They are not taking applications at the moment, their wait is 9 years. Read More »

Contact NYCHA’s Section 8 Program
Please call or visit our Customer Contact Center.


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