HUD Section 8 Tenant-Based (a.k.a. Housing Choice Vouchers)

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Procurement Agency

NYC HPD, NYS HCR, NYS Housing Authority


HUD Tenant-Based Section 8 (also known as Housing Choice Vouchers) provides rental assistance to low-income persons across the United States.

Tenant Eligibility Criteria

Very low-income households, defined as households making up to 50% of the area median income (AMI). Housing authorities must provide 75% of their vouchers to extremely low-income applicants, defined as households making up to 30% of AMI.


Housing Choice Vouchers are based on the local Fair Market Rent (FMR) levels that are determined annually by HUD. Tenants pay 30% of their income and the voucher pays landlords the difference between the FMR for their area and their tenants' income.


Vouchers last as long as the tenant continues to meet HUD's eligibility guidelines. Voucher recipients must certify their income on an annual basis.

Network Notes

For More Information

Read HUD's factsheet on Housing Choice Vouchers.


For Section 8 vouchers for supportive housing in New York City, contact:

Yolanda Gibbs
NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD)

For a list of New York State housing authorities and their contact information, visit HUD's website.

Last updated: 08/30/2019

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