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The Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8, is a federally funded program that 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. To remain eligible for continued assistance, participants must:

  • Comply with Section 8 program rules and regulations.
  • Comply with the terms of the lease with the property owner.
  • Allow Housing Quality Standards inspections and provide the Section 8 property owner access to your unit to make any needed repairs.
  • Complete the annual recertification, and report family changes, on a timely basis.

A summary of program requirements can be found in the Housing Choice Voucher Program Guide for Voucher Holders.

Special Programs – Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is a great opportunity for Section 8 families to achieve economic independence. This HUD initiative refers participating families to services in the areas of employment and career advancement, adult education and vocational training, financial empowerment, and business development. Participants also receive a savings account that grows as their household earned income increases. Upon completion of the goals set by participants in the program, FSS members may be eligible to receive the accumulated savings. The money may be used to pay for self-sufficiency activities such as higher education, starting a business, or a down-payment for a home. Participants are required to attend at least one session with an approved financial literacy counselor. At this time, NYCHA’s FSS program does not offer a homeownership component; however, the FSS program can refer interested Section 8 families to homebuyer education organizations. For more information, please call 718-289-8100 or visit

Program News

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Reasonable Accommodation

If you or a household member has a medical condition or disability that requires a change, modification, or alteration in policy, procedure, or practice which allows you to participate fully in the Housing Choice Voucher program, you may be eligible for a reasonable accommodation. Please contact the Customer Contact Center at 718-707-7771 for more information.

Reporting Fraud

Committing fraud is a violation of the Section 8 program's rules and responsibilities. NYCHA will take action against applicants, program participants, and owners who commit fraud, bribery, or other corrupt or criminal acts. Program participants who commit fraud could be required to repay all overpaid rental assistance, arrested, fined and/or imprisoned, or have their Section 8 assistance terminated.

If you know someone who commits fraud, bribery, or other corrupt or criminal acts, please make an anonymous complaint by calling NYCHA's Inspector General’s office at 212-306-3355, Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Tenant Self-Service

Section 8 tenants can view their information and complete select transactions online, any time— 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Log-in to the self-service portal to get started.

Voucher Payment Standards and Utility Allowance Schedules

Voucher payment standards and utility allowance schedules are the maximum amount of subsidy NYCHA will pay to the owner on behalf of a voucher holder. NYCHA’s payment standard schedule is based on the Fair Market Rent established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for each unit size. These standards can be set between 90 percent and 110 percent of the published Fair Market Rent. Please view the voucher payment standards and utility allowance schedules for the most up-to-date information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)