Section 8, also known as the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, provides federal funding for subsidies for eligible low-income families to rent decent, safe, and affordable housing in a neighborhood of their choice. Families pay a reasonable share of their income toward rent and the subsidy, paid by HPD directly to the landlord, makes up the difference, within specified limits. The unit must also meet federal Housing Quality Standards and will be inspected prior to move in and once annually.
HPD administers a number of rental subsidy programs. Taken together, HPD serves over 39,000 households in all five boroughs. Over 9,000 landlords currently participate in our programs.
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) also operate Section 8 programs in New York City.