Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
How to Apply
Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
Section 8 Utility Allowance Schedule
The 2021 Plan for the Administration of the HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Department of Housing Annual Rental Assistance Programs Report
Department of Housing Annual Rental Assistance Programs Report
Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Voucher Announcement
The 2022 Plan for the Administration of the HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Department of Housing CT Annual PHA Plan
Department of Housing CT Annual PHA Plan
COVID-19 Notice - Changes to J.D'Amelia Operations
What are housing choice vouchers?The Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very-low-income families to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Participants are able to find their own housing, including apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes. The participant is free to choose any private rental housing that meets the requirements of the program. Housing Choice Vouchers are funded through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and are administered in Connecticut by over 40 public housing agencies (PHAs) and statewide by the Connecticut Department ofHousing (DOH) and its agent, J. D’Amelia & Associates, LLC. (JDA). JDA subcontracts operation of the DOH HCV program to six local PHAs and one Community Action Agency in the state. To find the subcontractor or customer service office that serves the town you live in, follow this link.A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of quality and safety as established by HUD. A housing subsidy is paid by the PHA to the landlord directly on behalf of the participating family. The family pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the HCV program.
Who is eligible?Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined based on the household's annual gross income and the PHA's definition of a family. Participation is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. Generally, the family's income may not exceed 50 percent of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. [By law, a PHA must provide 75 percent of its vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income.] Median income levels are published annually by HUD and vary by location within the state. To review the income guidelines for 2019, follow this link.
During the application process, information on family composition, income, and assets will be collected by the PHA. The PHA will verify this information and use it to determine the family's eligibility and the amount of their housing assistance payment. If the PHA determines that a family is eligible, the PHA will place the family on a waiting list. Once a family is chosen from the waiting list, the PHA will contact them and issue them a housing voucher.
How does a family apply?The Department of Housing will re-open the waiting list to accept applications when most people on the waiting list have been served. When the list is about to be opened, a notice and pre-application form will be placed in local newspapers and media outlets as well as on the DOH website. The waiting list currently is closed.
What special types of Section 8 vouchers are available?There are several special programs within Section 8. In addition to meeting any special requirements noted below, applicants must also be determined eligible by the PHA for Section 8 rental assistance. Those special programs offered through DOH/JDA are:
Family Unification Program (FUP)Through the linkage of DOH and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) with the Section 8 contract administrator (JDA), the Family Unification Program (FUP) provides a comprehensive array of services to certain families. These families have been identified and referred to the Section 8 contract administrator by DCF as families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the imminent placement of the family’s child or children in out-of-home care, or in the delay of discharge of a child or children to the family from out-of home care. They are placed on the waiting list until a FUP voucher is available.
Mainstream Housing Opportunities Program for Persons with DisabilitiesThe Section 8 Mainstream Housing Opportunities Program for Persons with Disabilities enhances the State of Connecticut’s continuing efforts to provide safe, decent, sanitary housing to persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities may apply when the Section 8 waiting list is open. The Section 8 waiting list identifies applicants who meet Mainstream eligibility requirements.
Nursing Facility Transition Preference (MFP)The Department of Housing, working in collaboration with Connecticut Association of Centers for Independent Living (CACIL), will make available Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers specifically for persons with disabilities transitioning from licensed nursing facilities (as defined in SEC 1919. [42 U.S.C. 1396r]) into a private rental unit. If a person with a disability who is on the Section 8 waiting list and who resides in a licensed nursing facility develops a service plan and is determined eligible by the PHA to receive a housing choice voucher, the person will be invited to participate in the program in accordance HUD regulations and other program requirements.
The waiting list -- what is it and how does it affect me?Because the demand for housing assistance always exceeds the limited funds available to operate the Section 8 programs, long waiting periods are common. For example, DOH closes its waiting list when more families are on the list than can be assisted in the near future. DOH only re-opens the waiting list to accept applications when most people on the list have been served. When the list is about to be opened, a notice and pre-application form will be placed in local newspapers as well as on the DOH website.
Housing Vouchers -- how do they function?The HCV program leaves the choice of housing to the individual family. A very-low-income family selected by the PHA to participate is encouraged to consider several housing choices to secure the best housing for its needs. A HCV holder is told the unit size for which the family is eligible, based on family size and composition. The rental unit selected by the family must meet an acceptable level of quality and safety before the PHA can approve the unit. When the voucher holder finds a unit that it wishes to occupy and agrees with the landlord on terms of the rental agreement, the PHA must inspect the dwelling and determine that the rent requested is reasonable.
The PHA determines a payment standard that is the amount generally needed to rent a moderately-priced dwelling unit in the local housing market.This payment standard is used to calculate the amount of housing assistance a family will receive. The payment standard does not limit the amount of rent a landlord may charge, but it does limit the amount of rent a tenant may pay. A family receiving a housing voucher can select a unit with a rent that is below or above the payment standard. The housing voucher family must pay 30 percent of its monthly adjusted income for rent and utilities. If the unit rent is greater than the payment standard, the family is required to pay the additional amount. By law, whenever a family moves to a new unit where the rent exceeds the payment standard, the family may not pay more than 40 percent of its adjusted monthly income for rent for the first year.
To view the 2022 Payment Standard Schedule, follow this link.
The rent subsidy
The PHA calculates the maximum amount of housing assistance which a family may receive. A family typically pays between 30 and 40 percent of its monthly income on rent and utilities. The maximum housing assistance is generally the lesser of two amounts: 1) the payment standard minus 30 percent of the family's monthly adjusted income, or 2) the gross rent (that is, the rent to the owner plus the average utility costs) for the unit minus 30 percent of monthly adjusted income.
Can a family move and continue to receive housing choice voucher assistance?A family's housing needs change over time with changes in family size, job locations, and for other reasons. The HCV program is designed to allow families to move without the loss of housing assistance. Moves are permissible as long as the family notifies the PHA ahead of time, terminates its existing rental agreement within the rental agreement requirements, and finds acceptable alternate housing. Under the HCV program, new voucher holders may choose a unit anywhere in the United States if the family lived in the jurisdiction of the PHA issuing the voucher when the family applied for assistance. Those new voucher holders not living within the jurisdiction of the PHA at the time the family applied for housing assistance must initially rent a unit within that jurisdiction for the first twelve months of assistance. A family that wishes to move to another PHA's jurisdiction must consult with the PHA that currently administers its housing assistance to verify the procedures for moving.
Roles - the tenant, the landlord, the PHA and HUDOnce a PHA approves an eligible family's housing unit, the family and the landlord sign a rental agreement. At the same time, the landlord and the PHA sign a housing assistance payments (HAP) contract that runs for the same term as the rental agreement. This means that everyone, tenant, landlord and PHA, has obligations and responsibilities under the HCV program. Those obligations and responsibilities are:
- Tenant's Obligations: When a family selects a housing unit, and the PHA approves the unit and rental agreement, the family signs a rental agreement with the landlord for at least one year. The tenant may be required to pay a security deposit to the landlord. HCV does not pay security deposits. After the first year, the landlord may initiate a new rental agreement or allow the family to remain in the unit on a month-to-month basis. When the family is settled in a new home, the family is expected to comply with the rental agreement and the HCV program requirements, pay its share of rent on time, maintain the unit in good condition, and notify the PHA of any changes in household income or family composition.
- Landlord's Obligations: The role of the landlord in the HCV program is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing to a tenant at a reasonable rent. The dwelling unit must pass the program's Housing Quality Standards and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments. In addition, the landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the rental agreement signed with the tenant and the contract signed with the PHA.
- PHA's Obligations: The PHA administers the voucher program locally. The PHA provides a family with the housing assistance that enables the family to find suitable housing. The PHA also enters into a contract with the landlord to provide housing assistance payments on behalf of the family. If the landlord fails to meet the owner's obligations under the rental agreement, the PHA has the right to terminate assistance payments. The PHA must re-examine the family's income and composition at least annually and must inspect each unit at least annually to ensure that it meets minimum Housing Quality Standards. The PHA also is required to provide independent administrative review for program participants aggrieved by its decisions.
- HUD's Role: HUD covers the cost of the program and provides funds to allow PHAs to make housing assistance payments on behalf of the families. HUD also pays the PHA a fee for the costs of administering the program. When additional funds become available to assist new families, HUD invites PHAs to submit applications for funds for additional housing vouchers. Applications to HUD are then reviewed and funds awarded to the selected PHAs on a competitive basis. HUD monitors PHA administration of the program to ensure program rules are followed properly.
DOH's Section 8 waitlist is currently closed. Please register at cthcvp.org to be notified when any Section 8 program in the State opens its waiting list.
|Number of Persons||Extremely Low Income 30% of Median||Low Income 80% of Median|
- Homeless Households. ...
- HPD Funded Renovation-Relocation. ...
- HPD Funded Renovation-Rent Restructuring. ...
- In Place-Homeless and Special Needs. ...
- In Place-Homeless Prevention.
Effective 10/2022 @ 110% the current payment standards are: 0 Bedroom-$1,908. 1 Bedroom – $2,339. 2 Bedroom- $2,819.How do I apply for Section 8 Housing in my area? ›
- Find your local Public Housing Agency (PHA). ...
- Determine if you are eligible. ...
- Obtain an application for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. ...
- Fill out and submit the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program application. ...
- Find out Waiting List status.
- Contact a homeless service provider in your community.
- Find local community development and affordable housing contacts.
- Search justshelter.org to find community organizations working to preserve affordable housing, prevent eviction, and reduce family homelessness.
|$1,187.00||(Payment Standard for a 3 Bdrm Unit)|
|-$300.00||(30% of your monthly adjusted income)|
|$887.00||Maximum Amount BHA Will Pay Towards Your Rent|
The exact number paid by Section 8 will be determined by your household's income and composition. Though it will vary on the size of your income, family size, and city zone, a 2-bedroom Section 8 voucher in New York City will cover $2,217 in the New York Metro area. , your voucher may range from $2,238 to $3,326.What is the income limit for Section 8 in NYS? ›
|Family Size||Annual Income ($)|
What Qualifies as Low Income Housing? A low-income family is typically described as one that lives off of a net income of around $58,000 per year. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the median income of an average family in NYC is $70,000 annually.How much do you get for Section 8 rent in Connecticut? ›
The rent subsidy
The maximum housing assistance is generally the lesser of two amounts: 1) the payment standard minus 30 percent of the family's monthly adjusted income, or 2) the gross rent (that is, the rent to the owner plus the average utility costs) for the unit minus 30 percent of monthly adjusted income.
In Connecticut, Section 8 is considered a “lawful source of income” (Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 46a-64) and it is illegal to refuse to rent to a person who has a Section 8 housing voucher.What qualifies you for low income housing in CT? ›
In general, the applying family's income cannot exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. As an example, the AMI for Fairfield, CT, for FY 08 is $81,100.How much is a one bedroom voucher in LA? ›
Voucher Payment Standards (VPS)
|Bedroom Size||Voucher Payment Standard|
The application takes only moments to complete and an approval should be provided to you within 2 to 3 weeks provided all information needed has been collected. If you've applied to an area where funds are available, you will receive notice of your approval for a housing choice voucher.What is a Hacla voucher? ›
These vouchers are designed to provide assistance to individuals and families who are. Experiencing homelessness; At risk of homelessness; Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, or human trafficking.What to do if you have no place to go? ›
Look for a Local Shelter
If you've just moved to the city or have just immigrated, your family and friends might be miles away to be of some help. In cases like this, local shelters are your best bet. Shelters are designed to provide accommodation for people with nowhere to go.
Seek local authority support
If you are homeless, sleeping rough or facing a housing crisis, your first priority should be to contact your local authority's Housing Options team to find out what help they can offer. Depending on your circumstances, this could be: Emergency accommodation - a place in a shelter or hostel.
A good place to start is your County Department of Human or Social Services, a nearby church, social service non-profit, the library, or a food pantry.Does Section 8 pay for utilities Texas? ›
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program provides participants a utility allowance (UA) to offset tenant-paid utility cost.Is Texas still offering rental assistance? ›
As of September 2022, Texas Rent Relief has distributed nearly all available funding, though continues to process a low volume of previously submitted applications with limited remaining funds. Visit our Program Dashboard for up-to-date information on total program funding and an overview of households assisted.
HUD requires 75% of all new households admitted to the program be at or below 30% of the area median income. Eligibility is based on several factors, including the household's income, size and composition, citizenship status, assets, medical and childcare expenses.How do I get housing assistance in NY? ›
Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)
To apply for either type of help, visit your local Public Housing Agency (PHA). Some PHAs have long waiting lists, so you may want to apply at more than one PHA. Your PHA can also give you a list of locations at which your voucher can be used.
NYC Housing & Preservation Development and NYS Home & Community Renewal also operate Section 8 programs in NYC.Who is eligible for CityFHEPS? ›
Have a gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level; 2. Be on Cash Assistance, if eligible; 3. Not qualify for any other rental assistance program; If you have any questions about CityFHEPS and your eligibility, you should talk to your housing specialist or case manager.What is the poverty line in NY for a single person? ›
Poverty and the ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) Threshold. The federal poverty rate is often the statistic cited when policymakers, advocates and service providers talk about poverty and the poor. In 2017 the federal poverty rate is $12,060 a year for an individual and $24,600 for a family of 4.How does NYS Section 8 work? ›
The program works as a rental subsidy that allows families to pay a reasonable amount of their income toward their rent. Eligible families will receive a voucher to begin searching for housing. Generally, families will pay no more than 40 percent of their adjusted monthly income toward their rent share.What is considered low income in NYC for a family of 3? ›
The AMI for all cities across the country is defined each year by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The 2022 AMI for the New York City region is $120,100 for a three-person family (100% AMI).What is the maximum income to qualify for Medicaid in NY 2022? ›
The amount of allowable income changes each year, but it's always extremely low. For example, in 2022, the monthly income limit for an individual was $934, while a married couple with both spouses applying for Medicaid could have only $1,367 in net income per month.Who qualifies for subsidized housing? ›
- Earn either a single or joint gross monthly household income of between R3 501 to R22 000.
- Be a first time home buyer.
- Be over the age of 18 years.
- Have financial dependants.
- Have never benefitted from any Government Housing Subsidy Scheme before.
|Household Size*||Maximum Income Level (Per Year)|
This payment standard will be between 90 and 110 percent of the Fair Market Rent. Therefore, the three factors that determine how much Section 8 pays landlords are: The Fair Market Rent that has been set for the metropolitan area where your property is located. HUD publishes their list of Fair Market Rents each year.How long does it take to get evicted in CT? ›
|Steps of the Eviction Process||Average Timeline|
|Issuing an Official Notice||3-30 days|
|Issuing and Serving of Summons and Complaint||A few days|
|Tenant Files an Answer||3-30 days|
|Court Hearing and Judgment||A few days to a few weeks|
A landlord can request a rent increase once per year. It must not be during the initial lease period, which typically is for one year. Landlords must not increase rent without receiving permission from the housing authority. It is against federal law to try to collect rent from Section 8 tenants outside of the program.Can security deposit be used for unpaid rent in CT? ›
What If A Tenant Is Late Paying Rent? Tenants forfeit interest on their security deposits for any months when they are more than ten days late paying their rent. The only exception is when a tenant's rental agreement already contains a late charge for overdue rental payments. with the landlord and note its condition.Do landlords have to paint between tenants in CT? ›
No state law requires landlords to repaint a rental unit in between tenants.How many people can live in a 2 bedroom apartment in CT? ›
Can A Landlord Limit The Number Of Occupants? A landlord can limit the number of people allowed to occupy their rental unit as long as they comply with all federal, state, and local housing laws. The Fair Housing Act requires a landlord to allow at least two occupants per bedroom unless a lower number can be justified.Do I qualify for assistance in CT? ›
To be eligible for Connecticut TANF, you must be a resident of Connecticut, and a U.S. citizen, legal alien or qualified alien. You must be unemployed or underemployed and have low or very low income. You must also be one of the following: Have a child 18 years of age or younger, or.Can I get rental assistance in CT? ›
The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) is the major state-supported program for assisting very-low-income families to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Participants find their own housing, including apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes.How do I get emergency housing in CT? ›
To begin this process, persons experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness must call 2-1-1 and dial #3 and #1 to speak to a contact specialist trained to assess housing needs.Is LA Section 8 waiting list open? ›
The Los Angeles County Development Authority's (LACDA) Section 8 Waiting List Remains Closed.
|Family Size (Persons in Family/Household)||Annual Family Income|
|HUD Low Income Level 1||HUD Very Low Income Level 2|
To be eligible for the program, a family's gross annual income must be below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) in Los Angeles County. Seventy-five percent of new admissions must have gross annual incomes at or below 30% of the AMI. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determines the AMI yearly.What is the income limit for Section 8 California? ›
|Number of Persons||Extremely Low Income 30% of Median||Very Low Income 50% of Median|
|Household Size||Very-Low Income||Low-Income|
|1||$11,550 or less||$11,551 - $19,300|
|2||$13,200 or less||$13,201 - $22,050|
|3||$14,900 or less||$14,901 - $24,800|
|4||$16,550 or less||$16,551 - $27,550|
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is permanent housing in which housing assistance (e.g., long-term leasing or rental assistance) and supportive services are provided to assist households with at least one member (adult or child) with a disability in achieving housing stability.How much is a 3 bedroom voucher in Indiana? ›
|2 bedroom||$ 918|
|Family/Household Size||Extremely Low 30%||Very Low Income 50%|
Who can Qualify for Section 8? The main factor in determining your eligibility is your household income level. For Illinois residents must not exceed the low-income limit, which ranges from $41,500 for a one-person household to $78,250 for an eight-person household.What is a low income UK 2022? ›
In 2022, low pay is defined as those earning below £9.85 per hour and high pay is defined as those earning more than £22.16.How do you qualify for Section 8 housing in Arizona? ›
How do I apply for Section 8 Housing in Arizona? In order to receive an Arizona Housing Choice Voucher, you must first fill out an application. You'll have to provide information about all household income, family composition, other assistance that's being received and housing history.
Individuals must qualify for unemployment or have experienced a financial hardship since March 13, 2020; demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and have household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI).Who qualifies for Ga assistance? ›
Purpose of the General Assistance Program
You must have lived in the county for at least 15 days and be a legal permanent resident or US Citizen. Employable persons can receive the General Assistance payments for a maximum of 90-days in a twelve-month period.
|Georgia SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2023|
|Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023|
One option: include source-of-income (SOI) discrimination bans, which prevent landlords from rejecting prospective tenants because of earnings from non-wage income such as Social Security payments or federal housing (“Section 8”) vouchers. The Illinois law adds SOI language to the existing Human Rights Act.What are the income limits for Section 8 in Illinois? ›
|Number of Persons||Extremely Low 30% of Median||Low 80% of Median|
If the gross rent for the unit is below the payment standard, your share of the rent will be the higher of: 30% of your monthly adjusted income or 10% of your monthly gross income. However, the first time you sign the lease for the unit you must pay less than 40% of your monthly adjusted income for your rent share.What benefits can a single person claim? ›
- Benefits for single people: Council tax reduction. ...
- Cold weather payments. ...
- Winter Fuel Payments. ...
- Personal Independence Payments. ...
- Budgeting loans. ...
- Budgeting Advance. ...
- Free NHS Prescriptions.
- Universal Credit. Find out if you're eligible for Universal Credit, make an application and get advice on solving any problems you have.
- Housing Benefit. ...
- Working and child tax credits. ...
- Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) ...
- Pension Credit. ...
- Income Support.
You will be eligible for the second Cost of Living Payment of £324 if you were entitled to a payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) of Universal Credit for an assessment period that ended in the period 26 August 2022 to 25 September 2022. The payment will be made separately from your benefit.How do I get low income housing in Phoenix? ›
Please visit https://housingsearch.az.gov/ or call 877-428-8844 – Dial 7-1-1 for TTY – Monday through Friday between 7:00 AM & 6:00 PM MST and a call center representative will provide a listing of subsidized and low-income based properties in Arizona.
**Applications are currently closed.**
16 - 22, 2021.
- Arizona Cash Assistance Program.
- Arizona Nutrition Assistance Program (NA)
- Arizona Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
- Arizona Special Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
- Arizona Medicaid Program.
- Arizona KidsCare.
- Arizona Head Start and Early Head Start.