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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 and utilities.
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 higher.
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
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
- 100 Community Place
- Crownsville, MD 21032-2023