Created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1978, the Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8, provides assistance to eligible low- and moderate-income families to rent housing in the private market. Eligibility for this program is based on a family's gross annual income and family size.
The program works as a rental subsidy that allows families to pay a reasonable amount of their income toward their rent. Eligible families will receive a voucher to begin searching for housing. Generally, families will pay no more than 40 percent of their adjusted monthly income toward their rent share. NYCHA pays the remaining amount to the owner on the family's behalf. This payment to the owner is known as the Housing Assistance Payment.
Section 8 participants must comply with all program requirements, including completing their annual certification, accommodating Housing Quality Standards inspections, allowing property owners to make any needed repairs, and adhering to the terms of their lease.
NYCHA administers the largest Section 8 program in the country. Approximately 85,000 Section 8 vouchers and over 25,000 owners currently participate in the program.
View NYCHA’s current Briefing Deck for Section 8 Voucher holders searching for apartments
NYCHA's Section 8 Administrative Plan defines the policies that govern the administration of the Section 8 program. The Plan clarifies written policies in accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations regarding matters that are left to the local governing body. The HUD regulations governing the Section 8 program are documented in the Code of Federal Regulations listed below:
View NYCHA's current Section 8 Administrative Plan.
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