What is the Housing Choice Voucher program?
The Housing Choice Voucher Program, more commonly known as Section 8, is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled, to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.
Participant are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects. Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies(PHAs). The PHAs receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participants. Participants then pay the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.