Section 8, also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program, provides funding for rent subsidies for eligible low-income families to locate decent, safe, and affordable housing. Families can select housing within a neighborhood of their choice. Rent subsidies (vouchers) allow families to pay a reasonable share of their income toward rent while the program, within specific limits, makes up the difference.
HPD’s Section 8 program is the fifth largest in the United States. We administer approximately 33,000 Section 8 vouchers serving New Yorkers in all five boroughs. Over 9,000 landlords currently participate in the program.
HPD’s Section 8 vouchers are reserved for eligible applicants who fall within specific HPD preference categories or special admission programs. Applications must be submitted through designated intermediaries from different divisions within the agency, management staff from various housing providers, or staff from other governmental agencies.
HPD Section 8 Policy Changes FAQ (PDF)
HPD Section 8 Program Statistics (PDF)
Administrative Plan (PDF)
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