The Section 8 program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
Section 8 vouchers are administered locally by the City. The Housing and Redevelopment Division receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Section 8 program.
A family that is issued a Section 8 voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Housing and Redevelopment Division 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.
Program Policies and Plans
Agreements, Applications, Contracts & Forms
- Agreement for Mutual Rescission of Lease
- Authorization for the Release of Information/Privacy Act Notice | Spanish
- Change Report Form | Spanish
- Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Contract of Participation | Spanish
- FSS Escrow Account Credit Worksheet | Spanish
- Full Application for Annual Re-exam
- General Complaint Form | Spanish
- Housing Assistance Payment Contract: HUD | Spanish
- Housing Choice Voucher: HUD | Spanish
- Informal Review Form: Applicants Only | Spanish
- Portability Request Form
- Reasonable Accommodation Form
- Request for Hearing Form | Spanish
- Request For Tenancy Approval: HUD | Spanish
- Section 8 Intent to Move Form
- Zero Income Complete Packet | Spanish