Section 8 is a federally funded housing subsidy program that provides low-income families the opportunity to choose and lease safe, decent, and affordable privately owned rental housing by supplementing what they could afford on their own. Public Housing Authorities apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Section 8 funds, which are then provided to eligible families in accordance with HUD rules and regulations.
In New York City, there are two Public Housing Authorities that provide Section 8: the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). In addition, the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) administers a state-wide Section 8 program, including New York City. Each Authority awards vouchers and administers the program separately and distinctly.