Beware of Voucher Scams NYCHA does not charge or request a fee in connection with applying for Section 8 or processing a rental for Section 8. If you receive a request for payment from anyone posing as NYCHA personnel, report it to the NYC Department of Investigation’s NYCHA Inspector General at or 212-306-3355 or the HUD Office of Inspector General at 1-800-347-3735 or

Go to the Self-Service Portal

Applying for Section 8

As of December 10, 2009, NYCHA is no longer accepting new Section 8 applications. If you previously submitted a Section 8 housing application when the waitlist was open, you may log on to the Self-Service Portal to check the status of the application and update your information.

Things You Should Know When Completing a Section 8 Application
If you are on an existing waitlist, you may be asked to update your preliminary application or submit a complete application. Don't risk your chances for receiving federally assisted housing by providing false, incomplete, or inaccurate information on your application forms.

Learn more about what information you must provide before applying for Section 8 on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) website.

Housing Discrimination Is Illegal
It is ILLEGAL for your landlord to refuse your voucher or public rental assistance.

Housing Discrimination Is Illegal

If you believe you have been discriminated against, call 311 and ask for the NYC Commission on Human Rights or call the Commission’s hotline directly at 718-722-3131. For more information, please visit or review the "Know Your Rights as a Recipient of Housing Assistance” notice English |Spanish | Chinese ( Traditional / Simplified) | Russian

Denial of Assistance

If you are denied assistance, you will be notified by NYCHA and will be given the opportunity to appeal the reason.

Income Limits

You must be income-eligible at the time of voucher issuance. Below are the current income limits for Section 8 applicants:

Family Size Annual Income ($)
1 Person $49,450
2 Persons $56,500
3 Persons $63,550
4 Persons $70,600
5 Persons $76,250
6 Persons $81,900
7 Persons $87,550
8 Persons $93,200

Self-Service Links

You can view your information and complete certain transactions online. Log on to the self-service portal using your computer, smartphone, tablet, or other internet-enabled device to get started.

Voucher Payment Standards and Utility Allowance Schedules

Voucher Payment Standards and Utility Allowance Schedules are the maximum amount of subsidy NYCHA will pay to the property owner on your behalf. NYCHA’s payment standard schedule is based on the Fair Market Rent established by HUD for each unit size. These standards can be set between 90 percent and 110 percent of the published Fair Market Rent. Please view the voucher payment standards and utility allowance schedules for the most up-to-date information.

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