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Section 8 Program

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.

Applying for a New Section 8 Voucher

New York City Housing Authority
Until further notice, as of December 10, 2009, NYCHA is no longer processing any new Section 8 applications.

Visit the NYCHA Web site for Section 8 Assistance

Tenants who currently have Section 8 benefits through NYCHA should call the Section 8 office at 718-707-7771, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
HPD provides vouchers to families in building developed or renovated under certain HPD programs, and to homeless individuals referred by Department of Homeless Services and Human Resources Administration providers.
HPD Section 8 Info

Tenants who are now receiving Section 8 benefits through HPD can reach their case manager by calling the Section 8 Information Hotline at 917-286-4300 for assistance.

NYS Department of Housing and Community Renewal
DHCR also provides a limited number of vouchers.

Becoming a New Section 8 Landlord
Property owners interested in leasing apartments to Section 8 voucher holders may contact either NYCHA or HPD, or both.

NYCHA's Section 8 - Call the Landlord Outreach Hotline at 212-306-8555.

HPD's Section 8 - Call the Owner Registration Unit at 917-286-4300 to obtain information about the program and how to lease to Section 8 clients.

Contact Information for Existing Section 8 Landlords

NYCHA's Section 8 - For general information, see the Landlord section of the NYCHA Web site, or call one of the NYCHA hotlines.

HPD's Section 8 - Building owners and managers with questions or problems should call the HPD Section 8 Information Hotline at 917-286-4300 and request the case manager for their tenants. Building owners who rent to more than one HPD Section 8 household will have a single case manager for all their tenants.