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Applying for Section 8

Section 8 Screening Process

There are two steps to the screening process:

  • Criminal background check for all household members 16 and older
  • Review of previous tenancy with NYCHA, if applicable

If the screening process determines that the family meets the Authority's Standards for Admission, the family is found eligible.

The certified application is forwarded to the Leased Housing Department to schedule a briefing.  At the briefing, the voucher will be issued and the Housing Assistance program is explained.