Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers

To aid very low income families in obtaining decent, safe, and sanitary rental housing.

For Fair Share Vouchers and Welfare-to -Work Vouchers, Public Housing Agencies (PHA) must meet certain selection criteria.

For Welfare-to-Work rental vouchers, families must also meet special welfare-to-work

HUD regulations merged the former Section 8 Rental Voucher program (14.855) with the former Section 8 Certificate program (14.857).

Section 502 of the Public Housing Reform Act states that a purpose of the legislation is 'consolidating the voucher and certificate programs for rental assistance under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (the 'USHA') into a single market-driven program that will assist in making tenant-based rental assistance more successful at helping low-income families obtain affordable housing and will increase housing choice for low-income families'.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

HUD Field Office listed in the Catalog Address Appendix IV that has jurisdiction over the area in which the dwellings are located.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Blackfeet Housing Program $ 292,284   2016-01-052025-09-30
Standing Rock Housing Local Development Co $ 380,795   2016-01-052025-09-30
Turtle Mountain Band Of Chippewa Indians $ 254,243   2016-01-052025-09-30
Sicangu Wicoti Awayankape Corporation $ 269,540   2016-02-192025-09-30
Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing $ 332,602   2016-01-052025-09-30
Fort Hall Housing Authority $ 133,320   2021-08-012024-07-31
Apsaalooke Nation Housing Authority $ 222,900   2021-09-212024-07-31
Lumbee Land Development, Inc. $ 197,130   2021-09-212022-09-21
Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority $ 143,136   2021-09-202022-09-20
Lumbee Land Development, Inc. $ 204,608   2020-09-202022-09-20

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The program served 2.2 million families. Fiscal Year 2017: The program projects to serve 2.2 million families. Fiscal Year 2018: The program projects to serve 2.2 million families.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides housing assistance payments to participating owners on behalf of eligible tenants to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for very low income families at rents they can afford.

Housing assistance payments are generally the difference between the local payment standard and 30 percent of the family's adjusted income.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are limited to public housing agencies.

A public housing agency (PHA) is defined as any State, county, municipality or other governmental entity or public body (or agency or instrumentality thereof) which is authorized to engage in or assist in the development or operation of housing for very low income families; and, a consortium of PHAs; any other nonprofit entity that was administering a Section 8 tenant-based program on October 21, 1998; or, for an area outside the jurisdiction of a PHA administering a voucher program, a private nonprofit entity or a governmental entity or public body that would otherwise lack jurisdiction to administer the program in such area.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Very low income families (whose income does not exceed 50 percent of the median income for the area as determined by the Secretary with adjustments for smaller and larger families) and, on an exception basis, lower income families (whose income does not exceed 80 percent of the median income for the area, adjusted for smaller and larger families). At least 75 percent of families admitted to the voucher program during the PHA fiscal year must be extremely low income families (whose income does not exceed 30 percent of the median income for the area).


In the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the PHA must support its application by furnishing data that the program proposed is responsive to the condition of the housing stock in the community and the housing assistance needs of very low income families (including the elderly, handicapped and disabled, large families and those displaced) residing in the community. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Submission of Application for Housing Assistance Payments Program (Form HUD-52515).

Award Procedures

The HUD Grants Management Center generally makes the final decision based on the results of the rating and ranking process. Welfare-to-Work vouchers were awarded through a national competition in fiscal year 1999.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Housing Act of 1937; Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, Public Law 114-113.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Expiring increments of Section 8 housing choice voucher assistance are automatically renewed by HUD (subject to appropritions).

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

New funding is provided for 12 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed monthly.

Post Assistance Requirements


Voucher for Payment of Annual Contributions and Operating Statement, HUD Form 52681-B; and Family Report, HUD Form 50058.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Voucher for Payment of Annual Contributions and Operating Statement, HUD Form 52681-B (Supplemental).

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Periodic fiscal, occupancy, general management and maintenance audits.


Those necessary to indicate compliance with Annual Contributions Contract/Housing Choice Voucher Contract.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $16,548,277,187; FY 17 est $16,981,538,364; and FY 18 est $16,030,364,364

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,618 to $1,074,563,247 average of 7,142,148.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

24 CFR 982; Section 8 Rental Certificate, Rental Voucher and Moderate Rehabilitation Programs Forms, Legal Contracts, and Publications Handbook, 7420.8; Housing Choice Voucher Program Guidebook, 7420.10G.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. HUD Field Office listed in the Catalog Address Appendix IV that has jurisdiction over the area in which the dwellings are located.

Headquarters Office

Becky Primeaux Office of Public and Indian Housing Office of Public Housing and Vouchers Program 451 7th Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: 202.402.6050

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