What is section 8 housing?
Section 8 housing is government subsidized housing for low-income persons.
Section 8 Housing is one of two programs: the Voucher program (known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program), and the Public Housing program, which, instead of a voucher, provides a home from a property owned by a Government agency (typically a Housing Authority). In both cases the rent paid by the Tenant is adjusted according to the number of members and income of the family.
On the Voucher Program, the more popular type, a voucher is issued by a Housing Authority, which guarantees that the federal Government, HUD, will pay its portion of the tenant's rent (the tenant pays the rest, which is not more than 30 percent of his income).
Some rural apartment complexes are financed with Government-guaranteed, low-interest loans and tax incentives to house low-income renters. These complexes, known as Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) properties, have their own programs which allows low-income families to rent their units at a rent commensurate with their income. These are not Section 8 programs but are administered by HUD and USDA, Rural Development. Some urban complexes may have similar programs.
Additionally, some states and localities may have their own programs which supplement these federal programs.
Section 8 housing is regulated under Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. § 1437f), within the United States. Therefor, no Section 8 housing is not available in Canada as it is not part of the United States. However the National Housing Act passed by the Parliament of Canada in 1938 may provide something similar. But it won't be called "Section 8 housing" and it will operate differently.
Section 8 housing are houses that are subsidized by the government for low income families. These houses are sponsored by the US Housing and Urban Development department to assist families in need of housing. They are call "Section 8" because of section #8 of the Housing Act of 1937. Depending of the area of the US, Section 8 housings can range from good to deplorable living conditions.
Once you are on section 8 housing if you leave a current apartment before you get into another apartment do you need to apply for section 8 all over again?
There are different variations of the section 8 program. There is the section 8 housing choice voucher program, there is multi-family section 8, there is public housing administered through the housing authority, there is 236 housing, there is 202 PAC, PRAC and 811 PAC, PRAC. Check with your local HUD office for a list of programs and who to contact to get on the different waiting lists.
Which division of the department for housing and urban development pays rental assistance for those who qualify for programs such as section 8 housing?
Section 8 Housing is a low-income housing program provided for families that are in need of housing and cannot afford it on ones own income. If an ad says that they accept Section 8 Housing, it means they are in acceptance of this government program, in which the program pays the most part of the rent and the family pays a small portion depending on the household income and family size.