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Section 8 Assistance- Applying for Section 8

Applying for Section 8

IMPORTANT: No payment or fee should be given to anyone in connection with the preparation, filing or processing of an application for Section 8 Housing Assistance.

Under the Section 8 program, qualified families receive a voucher from NYCHA that can be used to pay a portion of their rent to any participating landlord. To receive a Section 8 voucher, a family must meet eligibility guidelines, including qualifying in one of three emergency categories, complete an application and eligibility interview, and complete the Section 8 screening process. It is the policy of the New York City Housing Authority to provide equal housing opportunities for all qualified applicants and residents. Please read NYCHA's Fair Housing Non-Discrimination Policy for further information.

Eligibility
NYCHA can only accept applicants who meet the Section 8 Income Limits, eligibility guidelines and who qualify under three emergency eligibility categories.
Read more about Section 8 Eligibility
You can also visit ACCESS NYC to see if you're eligible for Section 8 and screen for other social service benefits.

Application
Candidates who meet the Section 8 eligibility criteria must complete an application to be considered for Section 8 Assistance.
Read more about the Section 8 Application
Watch out for Housing Assistance Scams!

Interview
All applicants must complete an eligibility interview to verify family size and composition, housing priority, total family income and citizenship/immigration status.
Read more about the Section 8 Eligibility Interview  

Screening
All Section 8 applicants are screened by NYCHA. The screening process includes a criminal background check for household members 16 and older and current and/or previous landlord contact.
Read more about the Section 8 Screening Process