Section 8 Housing

Section 8 Government Subsidized Program

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Section 8 housing in the South Bronx Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C.§ 1437f), often simply known as Section 8, as repeatedly amended, authorizes the payment of rental housing assistance to private landlords on behalf of approximately 3.1 million low-income households in the United States. The largest part of the section is the Housing Choice Voucher program which pays a large portion of the rents and utilities of about 2.1 million households. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development manages the Section 8 programs.[1]

The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides “tenant-based” rental assistance, so a tenant can move from one unit of at least minimum housing quality to another. It also allows individuals to apply their monthly voucher towards the purchase of a home, with over $17 billion going towards such purchases each year (from ncsha.org analysis). The maximum allowed voucher is $2200 a month.

Section 8 also authorizes a variety of “project-based” rental assistance programs, under which the owner reserves some or all of the units in a building for low-income tenants, in return for a Federal government guarantee to make up the difference between the tenant’s contribution and the rent in the owner’s contract with the government. A tenant who leaves a subsidized project will lose access to the project-based subsidy.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs have created a program called VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing), or HUD-VASH, which distributes roughly 10,000 vouchers per year at a cost of roughly $75 Million per year to eligible homeless and otherwise vulnerable U.S. armed forces veterans.[2] This program was created to pair HUD-funded vouchers with VA-funded services such as health care, counseling, and case management.[3]