Section 8 Denials


Families who have applied or those who have even made it far enough to get on a voucher waiting list can lose eligibility for Section 8 due to several reasons. The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a highly sought-after assistance program fully funded by the federal government. Program participants must meet all eligibility requirements and maintain good standing while waiting for a voucher to become available. With waiting times sometimes lasting several months, or even years, many applicants who were once eligible may become ineligible by the time they reach the top of the list. Aside from income eligibility, families must successfully pass background checks. These background checks look at a person’s criminal history, eviction history, sources of income and more. If a household member were to be found guilty of a crime, the applying household would be taken off the waiting list.

An application may be denied for many reasons, including a family member being convicted of a drug-related crime, the family’s income exceeds the income limit set by the Public Housing Authority, or a family member refuses to sign required forms. Other times, errors made during the application process are reason enough to deny an application. In this, or any other case in which an applicant is no longer eligible to receiving housing assistance, a denial letter will be presented to the applicant stating all reasons he or she is no longer eligible.

If an applicant has received a Section 8 denial letter from the public housing authority, he or she can file a Section 8 denial appeal. A denied applicant can request an informal hearing, which must be submitted within the timeframe set by the PHA. The hearing will be conducted by an impartial party who will be appointed by the PHA. The hearing officer will be an individual who was not involved in making the final decision on your eligibility or granting the housing voucher. Denied candidates have the right to be represented by a lawyer. Both sides will present arguments and supporting documents. The PHA will then issue a statement with the reasons behind the decision.

What is Section 8?

The Section 8 program was created by the federal government to assist low-income individuals and families with finding affordable private housing. To learn how you can become a member of this assistance program, download our helpful guide today. Beneficiaries of the program have a percentage of their rent covered by the government via housing subsidies, which are administered on a local level by public housing agencies or PHAs directly to landlords. Section 8 members are allowed to choose apartments, townhouses or even modest homes in this program, but the landlord must accept government subsidies in order for the provided housing vouchers to be used. Learn more about how you can qualify for housing assistance and discover the steps to file an application by clicking here.

How much will my housing subsidy be?

As a Section 8 beneficiary, you will pay the difference between your landlord’s rent amount and how much your housing subsidy covers. To find out how you can get a housing subsidy, download our guide now. If you are accepted into the Section 8 program, your public housing agency will calculate the maximum assistance you can receive. Your maximum housing assistance will either be the total rent of your apartment/home minus 30 percent of your adjusted monthly income or it will be the payment standard less 30 percent of your adjusted monthly income, whichever amount is lower. To find out how Section 8 can benefit you today, click here.