The Section 8 Housing
Choice Voucher Program
What is the Section 8 Program?
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
provides rental assistance to low income
households renting decent and safe housing
from private landlords throughout Kings
County. The program is funded by the Department
Housing and Urban Development.
How does the Section 8 process work?
- Interested people apply for assistance
and are placed on a waiting list.
- The Housing
Authority selects families from
its waiting list. The applicants are
scheduled for update appointments in order
Housing Authority to obtain the necessary
income and family composition information
to establish eligibility for the program.
applicants are invited to an orientation,
where they are issued a Housing
and given a packet of information about
the program. Housing Authority staff
explain how the rental assistance program
- Voucher holders
are given 60 days to look for housing.
Voucher holders who were
Kings County residents when they
originally applied for assistance may
to transfer their Section 8 assistance
to another county. Voucher holders
who originally applied from outside
reside in the County for one year
under the Section 8 Program before
allowed to transfer their assistance.
use their own criteria to select
tenants. The Housing Authority does not
- The owner and prospective
tenant complete and return paperwork
to the Housing Authority.
- The Housing Authority
ensures units are decent, safe, and
sanitary by conducting
initial inspections. The owner
will be provided with a list of repairs,
if any, that need to be made before the
unit can be approved. Once the repairs
made, the inspector will re-inspect the
- Owners may collect their normal
- The Housing Authority
and the Owner sign a Housing Assistance
Payments Contract. Housing
assistance payments will begin effective
the day after the unit passes inspection
or the day the voucher holder moves into
the unit, whichever comes later.
- The first
rental assistance payment check to
the landlord may be delayed pending return
of signed contracts. Subsequent rental
assistance checks will be issued during
the first week
of each month.
- At least once a year Section
will meet with Housing Authority staff
to update information about household composition,
income, assets, and deductions. An inspection
of the rental unit will also be made annually
to ensure the home is still meeting basic
housing quality standards.
When you come to your update appointment,
please bring verification of family
citizenship status, and all of your family's
income and assets. Examples include birth
certificates, proof of citizenship or
legal status, Social Security Cards,
picture IDs for all adults, employment
information, welfare Passport to Services,
verification of disability or unemployment
insurance benefits, verification of pensions,
alimony, and child support, bank statements,
proof of full-time student status if
older, verification of medical
expenses if elderly/disabled, and child
care expense verification.
Additional Program Information
towards rent is based on your family's
or minimum contribution, the payment standard
for the bedroom size allocated to you,
and the gross rent (rent plus utility allowance)
for the unit you select.
The maximum rental subsidy is the payment
standard minus your total tenant payment.
The total tenant payment is the highest of:
- 30% of adjusted income
- 10% of total monthly
- the welfare rent
- minimum rent ($50)
If the gross rent (rent + utility allowance)
is greater than your payment standard, you
will pay the total tenant payment plus the
amount the gross rent exceeds the payment
At your initial lease-up, if the rent to
owner plus utility allowance is more than
the payment standard, assistance may only
be approved if your family share is not more
than 40% of your monthly adjusted income.
The inspector will determine whether or
not the amount of rent requested is reasonable
based on rents for similar properties. Housing
Authority staff will help participants attempt
to negotiate a reasonable rent with the landlord.
The Housing Authority can not approve assistance
for a unit that doesn't have reasonable rent.