Eligibility for Section 8 Housing

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The Section 8 Housing Program is funded by the government, and is run by each state according to its own requirements. The program is intended to help low-income families who need affordable living arrangements. In terms of what qualifies you for Section 8 housing, the most important eligibility prerequisite is the family’s gross annual income. Depending on the state, a household’s income must be a certain percentage lower than the federal poverty level. Being accepted into the program, however, does not guarantee that a voucher recipient will be able to move into suitable housing right away. Because the program serves so many families, several states have had to close their waiting lists due to lack of available suitable housing. In some instances, the program requirements include beneficiaries to participate in additional special programs, such as classes or training programs which assist individuals to learn how to achieve financial freedom.

Considering that the Section 8 Housing program was designed for low-income families who are unable to pay rent, eligible households must continuously meet program requirements in order to continue receiving housing aid. Qualifying criteria is also contingent upon how many people live in the applying household, rental history (especially with regards to payment delinquency and evictions), assets and citizenship status. Regarding eligibility for low income housing, other factors such as drug usage may be taken into consideration. If you are considered eligible, the PHA will determine the amount of payment a household can receive for a Section 8 rental home.

To prove income and owned assets, applicants must provide banks statements and other documents.

Public housing authorities classify families according to their income, these groups consist of extremely low-income, very low-income and low-income. Extremely low-income families earn 30 percent of the median area income, very low-income families earn 50 percent of the median area income and low-income families earn 80 percent of the median area income. Depending on the family size, the family’s gross annual income must be lower than the area’s median income for a family to be eligible.

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