National Affordable Housing is monitoring the federal government’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most Housing Authorities are still operating and will communicate by phone, email, or mail.

Some offices have drop boxes installed so documents can still be hand-delivered. Contact a housing authority or visit its website for details on its current operations. To find your local PHA’s contact info, browse by state here.

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What is the Section 8 Program?

The Section 8 program recognizes that very low-income people do not have enough money to afford decent, safe, and good quality housing. The program addresses this problem by providing a Section 8 subsidy to assist the household with monthly housing costs. This subsidy — which is based on the cost of moderately priced rental housing in the community — is provided by a Public Housing Agency (PHA) under a contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

How does it work?

Households with incomes at or below 50 percent of area median income are eligible for the Section 8 program. The Section 8 household pays a portion of monthly housing costs that is based on the income of the household. The household’s portion is usually — but not always — equal to 30 percent of its monthly adjusted income.

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