Housing Choice Vouchers 101

What are housing choice vouchers?

Administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs), the Housing Choice Voucher, previously known as Section 8, is a federal government’s major program to assist low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford housing in the private market. The PHAs that manage the voucher program receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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What Happens After Applying to a Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List?

Application processing

The housing office where you have submitted your application is going to start reviewing it. It generally takes between a few weeks, to a couple of months for them to review applications depending on their resources.

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Affordable Housing Here We Come

Finally, after the long wait, you have your housing choice voucher! What happens next? It’s time to choose a house of course! One way to do so is find one online. Most of the time, it is already in the listing if they participate in any programs, or accept vouchers. If they don’t, you may contact them or visit the site for more information.

But before you go looking for a unit, it is important to know what the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations or policies are.

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