About Section 8

Created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1978, the Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8, provides assistance to eligible low- and moderate-income families to rent housing in the private market. Eligibility for this program is based on a family's gross annual income and family size.

The program works as a rental subsidy that allows families to pay a reasonable amount of their income toward their rent. Eligible families will receive a voucher to begin searching for housing. Generally, families will pay no more than 40 percent of their adjusted monthly income toward their rent share. NYCHA pays the remaining amount to the owner on the family's behalf. This payment to the owner is known as the Housing Assistance Payment.

Section 8 participants must comply with all program requirements, including completing their annual certification, accommodating Housing Quality Standards inspections, allowing property owners to make any needed repairs, and adhering to the terms of their lease.

NYCHA administers the largest Section 8 program in the country. Approximately 85,000 Section 8 vouchers and over 25,000 owners currently participate in the program.

The New York City Housing Preservation & Development and New York State Homes and Community Renewal also operate Section 8 programs in New York City. Please visit their websites for more information.

Please click here to view NYCHA's current Briefing Deck for Section 8 Voucher Holders searching for apartments


NYCHA's Customer Contact Center is excited to re-open it’s Walk-In Centers to assist you with your service needs. To learn how you can make an appointment for your visit please click here.

Program News

Stay informed of what’s going on in NYCHA's Leased Housing Department through our Owner/Tenant Newsletter.

Partial Reopening of the Waitlist:

  1. Select Referrals from Prosecutorial and Law Enforcement Agencies and NYCHA’s Public Housing Operations Department
  2. Select Referrals from New York City Administration for Children’s Services for Foster Youth to Independence Initiative
  3. Select Referrals from the New York City Department of Homeless Services

Administrative Plan

NYCHA's Section 8 Administrative Plan defines the policies that govern the administration of the Section 8 program. The Plan clarifies written policies in accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations regarding matters that are left to the local governing body. The HUD regulations governing the Section 8 program are documented in the Code of Federal Regulations listed below:

24 CFR Part 982 | 24 CFR Part 5 | 24 CFR Part 35

View NYCHA's current Section 8 Administrative Plan.

Contact NYCHA's Section 8 Program

Please call or visit our Customer Contact Center.