Executive Vice President for Leased Housing: Cathy Pennington
The Leased Housing Department administers NYCHA's Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). Under this federally-funded program, NYCHA makes rent subsidy payments to eligible families authorized to lease privately-owned apartments that meet prescribed Housing Quality Standards (HQS). The Section 8 Program provides a rent subsidy, allowing families to pay a reasonable share of the rent with government subsidies making up the difference. The subsidy paid to the landlord (or the housing assistance payment) is usually the difference between thirty percent of the household's total adjusted gross income and the contract rent approved by NYCHA for the apartment.