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Project-based vouchers


The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program allows housing authorities to allocate a portion of their voucher funds for long-term contracts with landlords. Families referred by the housing authority can fill vacant units, and their rent assistance is determined based on their income.


Last updated 06/23/2023

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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher

A housing authority can use up to 20% of its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher funds to run this program. Under this program, the housing authority enters into a long-term contract with a landlord for a certain number of units. The housing authority refers families to the landlord to fill vacancies and the housing authority agrees to pay a portion of the rent for the unit based on family income. The assistance is tied to the unit, and cannot be transferred to another unit. However, after completing a year-long lease, the family might be eligible for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.


Families who are already on a housing authority’s Section 8 Voucher waitlist are referred to the landlord. The landlord screens and selects families to fill vacancies for the units.

Reexaminations, recertifications, and grievance rights

In most cases, families have the same obligations to attend recertifications and report changes in income as Section 8 Voucher families. In most cases, families also have the same grievance rights when disputes between the family and housing authority arise.