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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
Purpose of Program
The U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
Program is a rental assistance program
that subsidizes the rent of lower-income families through the use of federal funds.
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers
the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program in jurisdictions around the state that
do not have legislative authority to act as a public housing authority or do not
choose to administer a Section 8 program. The program is administered under the
Department's Public Housing Agency
Plan, as required by HUD.
Eligible Types of Housing
Any type of rental housing that meets program requirements for housing quality standards
is eligible. Eligible households may select eligible rental housing of their choice.
Under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, a tenant may select a unit that
rents for an amount determined to be comparable to other unassisted units in the
area, taking into account amenities and other factors, and which would result in
the family paying no more than 40% of its adjusted monthly income towards the rent
Eligible applicants are families or individuals who have annual incomes of 50 percent
or less of the area median income or state non-metro median income, whichever is
Those who are eligible for residency are also eligible applicants. Following the
initial certification of eligibility, the resident's income is recertified annually.
If the resident's income has changed, the tenant's contribution will be adjusted
This is a rental assistance program, not
a loan program. Eligible families may receive a voucher which allows them to seek
rental housing of their choice. Under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
the tenant may choose to pay more or less than 30 percent of their monthly household
adjusted income, depending upon whether the rent for the unit is more or less than
an established voucher payment standard.
Local Government Involvement
The Community Development Administration directly administers the Section 8 Housing
Choice Voucher Program in certain jurisdictions located on the Eastern Shore and
through cooperative agreements with the local governments of Garrett, Allegany and
Frederick Counties as well as the City of Cumberland.
For More Information, Contact:
- Rental Service Programs
- Community Development Administration Maryland Department of Housing and Community
- 7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706