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Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) initiated tenant-based rental assistance programs over 20 years ago. A tenant-based rental assistance program offers very low-income tenants a housing assistance subsidy so the household can afford to rent a privately-owned residence. The current program that HUD offers is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

A very low-income household must first register its name on a waiting list. After the household's name is reached, SHA reviews qualifications that include residency, income, and criminal history. SHA issues a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and the household must find a privately-owned residence to rent.

SHA must inspect the residence to insure that it meets HUD's required physical standards and SHA must also determine that the rent is reasonable.

Then, the landlord enters into a lease with the tenant and SHA enters into a contract with the landlord. Rental assistance payments begin to flow each month.

Generally, SHA's work is done for the first year of the contract. About 9 months later, the cycle begins again. The household's qualifications must be reviewed and the residence must be inspected...

 

 Waiting List

The Section 8 Wait List is currently closed. The Authority advertises wait list openings in local newspapers

This information is also available by telephone at (203) 375-4483 extension 11


 Income Limits

New participants' total annual household income is to be at or below the following amounts in order to begin to receive rental assistance:

1 Person: $29,300 5 People: $45,200
2 People: $33,500   6 People: $48,550
3 People: $37,700   7 People: $51,900
4 People: $41,850   8 People: $55,250

 Setting Rents *

The following are the rules regarding assisted rents under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program:

  • HUD requires SHA to pay rental rates that are appropriate for the neighborhood.
  • The tenant's rent is based on the household paying 30% of household income toward rent and SHA paying the remainder.
  • Tenants may pay up to 40% of the family's monthly income for rent at the time the lease is executed.
  • Rent approval is always subject to the Rent Reasonableness process.

*Note: SHA will only authorize rental rates that are appropriate for the neighborhood.