HUD Housing Assistance May Be Available To You Via Section 8

Section 8 HUD Housing Assistance May Be Available To You Via Section 8

How to Get HUD Housing Assistance with the Help of DoNotPay

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a program called the Housing Choice Voucher Program. This is a federal program, and is commonly referred to as Section 8, or HUD Housing. The program is designed to assist very low-income families, the elderly, and disabled individuals with the ability to afford safe, sanitary, and decent housing in the private market.

One of the benefits of Section 8 housing, is that families or individuals can find their own housing, whether it is a single-family home, a townhouse or an apartment. This is because the housing assistance is provided on behalf of the individual or family.  If you have questions or want to learn how to apply for HUD housing assistance, DoNotPay is here to help. 

Who Qualifies for Section 8 HUD Housing Assistance?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is limited to United States citizens, as well as certain categories of non-citizens that have eligible immigration status. Eligibility is determined by your local public housing agency (PHA) and is based on your annual gross income and your family size.

General Requirements

As a loose guideline for Section 8 vouchers

  • Your family income cannot exceed 50% of the county or metropolitan area's median income where the family chooses to live.
  • Median income is published by the Housing of Urban Development and varies by location. 
  • Public Housing Agencies must, by law, provide 75% of its vouchers to applicants whose income does not exceed 30% of the area's median income.
  • You can receive income limits for your area and family size from the local PHA that serves your community. 


Each public housing agency has the authority to establish local preferences when selecting applicants from their waiting list. 

Examples of preference categories include, but are not limited to:

  • Individuals or families who are homeless
  • Individuals or families who are living in substandard housing
  • Those who pay more than 50% of their income on rent
  • Those who have experienced involuntary displacement 

These families or individuals who qualify for local preferences may move ahead of others on the wait list who do not qualify. Public housing agencies are given this authority to better meet the needs of their individual communities. 

How to Apply for HUD Housing Assistance on Your Own

You will need to apply for Section 8 housing through your local Public Housing Agency. It can be a tedious process, but it's important that you follow their instructions carefully. 

  1. Go to the contact page to find your local Public Housing Agency
  • Select your state from the list or on the map
  • Your local PHA may be listed by the county or city 
  1. You may contact your public housing agency via the listed phone number, fax number or email address. 
  2. You will be required to submit a variety of information to the PHA, including family income, assets, and family composition when you apply.
  3. Wait for your public housing agency to verify your information through other local agencies, your bank, and your employer.
  4. The PHA will notify you if you are eligible for the program, as well as about the amount of housing assistance payment you will receive. 
  5. If you are eligible for a voucher, you will likely be put on a waiting list, unless immediate assistance is available.
  6. You will then need to wait until your name is reached on the list, at which time the PHA will then contact you to issue your voucher. 

If you want to get started on the process, you have a variety of options for how to reach out. You should look at the advantages and drawbacks of each option before deciding which one makes sense for you:

In-Person Application

Many people prefer to apply for their Section 8 Housing assistance in-person. This gives them the opportunity to review all of the options open to them and to ask any questions that they might have to people who have the answers.

Over The Phone

You can get help with your application over the phone, though you won’t be able to submit it this way. You will need to get on the website or visit the housing office in-person to complete the process.

On The Website

The website is a great option for those who don’t have the time to go to the housing office in-person. They can submit all of the information required via the website, and then just hit submit and move on with their day.

DoNotPay can Help You Apply for HUD Housing Assistance Quickly and Easily 

DoNotPay understands that it can be difficult to navigate through government housing programs. We want to help you find safe, sanitary housing with the assistance you need to apply for Section 8 as quickly as possible, which is why we are here to help you, right here, right now. 

If you want to apply for Section 8 housing but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 2 easy steps:

  1. Answer a few questions about your income, family size, veteran/disability status, which county you hope to live in, etc.

  2. DoNotPay will find the PHA in charge of that county and contact them with all of your eligibility information to determine if you can start applying. They'll get back to you directly via email with the next steps.

Why Use DoNotPay?

DoNotPay provides a service that is fast, easy and successful. You only need to give us the pertinent information and we will contact your Public Housing Agency about Section 8 vouchers on your behalf to save you time and stress. 

What else can DoNotPay do?

Helping you determine HUD eligibility is just one of the many things DoNotPay can do for you today. We are also equipped to help you in many other ways, including: 

No matter what problem or concern you have, DoNotPay is here to help! 

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