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Section 8
Section 8 Program Information
What is Section 8 Housing?
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is a rent assistance program that enables low-income families and individuals to rent from a private landlord with monthly rental assistance administered by the Housing Authority.

Who Participates in the Section 8 Housing Program?
The Section 8 Program assists low-income households. The Housing Authority assists families / individuals who meet income and eligibility guidelines. In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the area in which the family chooses to live. By law, the Housing Authority must provide 75% of its vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income.

What are the Income Limits?
Median
1 Person
2 Person
3 Person
4 Person
5 Person
6 Person
7 Person
8 Person
30% of Median
$13,200
$15,100
$17,000
$18,850
$20,400
$21,900
$23,400
$24,900
50% of Median
$22,050
$25,200
$28,350
$31,450
$34,000
$36,500
$39,000
$41,550

What are the Payment Standards for Section 8?
Bedroom Size
0 Bedroom
1 Bedroom
2 Bedroom
3 Bedroom
4 Bedroom
5 Bedroom
6 Bedroom
Payment Standard
$879 $1,022 $1,172 $1,488 $1,896 $1,983 $2,241
Fair Market Rent
$733 $852 $1,066 $1,353 $1,724 $1,983 $2,241

What are the Eligibility Requirements?
To be eligible, one must:
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Have at least one family member who is a U.S. Citizen or has eligible Immigration status

How is rental assistance provided?
The level of assistance a household receives is based upon family size, and income. A household is expected to pay 30% of its total monthly adjusted income toward the monthly rent. Each month, the housing authority makes housing assistance payments directly to the landlord to make up the difference.

What are the Tenant’s Responsibilities?
The renter must pay all rent and utilities that are not covered by the lease. Because the family is receiving assistance, the rent burden should be reduced, enabling the family to pay rent more easily and on time. Renters must pay their rent on time according to the terms of their lease.

How long is the Waiting List?

The current wait time to receive Section 8 assistance is over 3 years. However, this could vary depending on a variety of factors.

When can you apply?
Unfortunately, the Section 8 Waiting List is closed as of March 1, 2013.  A notice will be published when we can begin taking applications again.  We do not anticipate re-opening the waiting list for at least one year.  The list was closed because the number of applicants already on the list is very high compared to the amount of assistance we have available.  At the time the list was closed, we had over 900 applicants on the waiting list.

How can you check on the status of your Section 8 Application?
Status updates cannot be given out over the phone. You can check on your status on the waiting list by coming into the office, or by submitting a request for a status update in writing. While on the waiting list, we do ask that you report all changes in household composition, address, and employment / income. This can be done in person at our office, by filling out an Applicant Update Form or by mailing in a written statement of your change.