How to Apply for Section 8 Housing

Submitting a section 8 application is the first step if you wish to receive housing assistance from this program, formally known as the housing choice voucher program. The section 8 program is federally funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but it is administered at the local level by public housing agencies (PHAs). Therefore, you must apply for section 8 by getting in touch with your local PHA. During the application process, you will need to provide a variety of information to verify your eligibility for assistance. PHA representatives will collect details such as your family size, income and any assets that you have. 

After you apply for low income housing, the PHA will verify your eligibility by checking information with your bank, employer and other local agencies. This part of the process allows the PHA to determine how much housing assistance you can receive if you are eligible for section 8. In most cases, you will be placed on a waiting list after you apply due to the fact that affordable housing is in high demand and there are usually more applicants than there are units available. However, if you are put on a waiting list after submitting a low income housing application, the PHA will contact you as soon as your name comes up on the list.