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Learn More About Section 8 Apartments and the Application Process

By Suzanne Jones

Suzanne Jones

Are you interested in applying for a Section 8 apartment? If so, you may find the process a bit overwhelming. There are certain criteria you need to fulfill before you are approved, and this article will help you figure out the necessary steps. Obviously, the less you earn, the easier it will be to get into a Section 8 flat. However, the following tips will get you started on your journey.


Section 8 provides support to renters; it pays a portion of the rent each month to the owner of the property. Owners can indicate an interest in having Section 8 by visiting a HUD office in their area and explaining that they are willing to participate in the program. Their part of the process is very simple; there is no paperwork involved.

Section 8 apartments are also known as Housing Choice Voucher programs; don't be surprised if you see the terms used interchangeably. Renters must sign up, and unlike owners, they do have to fill out paperwork that indicates their level of income. In order to qualify, you have to earn 50 percent less than the average worker in your area. And, although it is part of the Housing Act, local governments are heavily involved in the process. If you get through the application portion of the proceedings, and move on to signing a lease, you will notice that fact outlined in the rental agreement.

Everyone needs a house to live in.

Prior to going in and filling out the paperwork for Section 8, do your research. Know how much the average worker earns in the area where you want to live. Make sure you have the necessary documentation; for example, you will probably need a social security number. Also, know whether single renters can qualify or just families. Finally, take a look at your previous rental history and know whether it can work for or against you during this process.

If you aren't sure about your eligibility, take the time to speak with someone who works in public housing. You never know what options are available to you; you may not have to move at all! Be prepared, however, to fill out any paperwork that is required of you. And, if you do proceed with Section 8 housing, understand that there could be a substantial wait to get into a property. The economy is the best, and many people are struggling. As a result, more people than ever are applying for this type of housing, which means that local authorities have a lot of paperwork to wade through.

If you do get accepted into Section 8 housing, your rent will be determined by the amount of money that you make. Therefore, you may be eligible for a substantial break on the typical lease. However, before you get too excited, remember again that you will have to be patient. After applying, it could be years before you hear anything and have a new place to move into. Therefore, the sooner you get started with the application process, the better off you will be in the long run.

Do your research, and you may very well qualify for inexpensive housing. Seek out support wherever you can, because the process can be draining. Finally, remember that you are doing all this to help your loved ones; that simple fact should motivate you to keep going.


If you aren't sure about your eligibility, take the time to speak with someone who works in public housing.

It's always good to consult experts.

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