general, Section 8 refers to the federal housing allowance program that provides
rent subsidies in the form of vouchers and certificates for low-income households.
Established in 1974 as part of the Housing and Community Development Act,
at the heart of the program is a housing allowance
is to provide a low-income household (usually-based on a percentage of income)
to rent a housing unit of better quality than they could unassisted. The
New Construction, Substantial Rehabilitation and Moderate Rehabilitation
Section 8 subprograms (in which subsidies were made to developers to encourage
the building of affordable housing) in the 1974 Act have been phased out.
New York City, the program is administered by the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA),
the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the
NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS).
handles the bulk of vouchers and certificates in NYC, according to NYCHA
77,000 families use vouchers and certificates in private apartments. If you
wish to apply, or are participating but have a question, call the City's
Citizen Service Center by going to 311 Online or check out their website.
tenants living in buildings rehabilitated through HPD programs may receive
Federal Section 8 subsidies administered by HPD. Tenants who are now receiving
Section 8 benefits through HPD, or building owners with tenants receiving
such benefits through HPD, can call (917) 286-4300 for assistance. You can
also follow this link to the HPD
Section 8 web page.
administers a Section 8 program to assist homeless families and singles in
locating suitable permanent housing. This includes individuals and families
currently living in the subway and Amtrak systems of the City. Also included
are those households who are in substantial danger of becoming homeless due
to a destabilizing event. To apply, contact DHS through the City's Citizen
Service Center by going to 311 Online.
Additional information about Section 8 programs can also be found on the NYC Affordable Housing Resource Center Web site.
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