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Benefit Details
Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development http://www.hud.gov/

Program Description

The housing choice voucher program provides assistance to very low-income families to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Housing can include single-family homes, townhouses and apartments and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

General Program Requirements

Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for a voucher, contact the local PHA:
http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/pha/contacts/

Program Contact Information

For further assistance, visit the following website and click on "Local Offices", located on the left side of the page:
http://www5.hud.gov:63001/po/i/netlocator/

For additional information, please contact the Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Customer Service Center at:
http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/about/css.cfm

Or you may call us at 1-800-955-2232, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST) daily, Monday through Friday.

Visit:
http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/hcv/about/fact_sheet.cfm