Housing Choice Vouchers

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What is it?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is a federal funded program for assisting families with low-incomes, and or, people who are elderly, or persons with disabilities to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.  The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies. The agencies receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program. 

Section 8?

Housing Choice Vouchers are actually Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, or more specifically, Tenant-Based Section 8. Tenant-based Section 8 is attached to you, the tenant. When you move, the assistance can move with you.Project-Based Section 8 is attached to a specific property. If you move into a property that participates in the Project-Based Section 8 Program, you get the same type of financial assistance as with a voucher, but if you move out it stays with the property and benefits the next resident of that home. 

How Do I Apply?

Applications are available only when the Waiting List is open. At that time interested persons should come to our office at 322 West Piper Street in Macomb, to pick up or submit an application during our regular office hours of 8am - 4pm.  A Photo ID will be required for proof of identity. We will not accept applications by fax, mail or email.

When Can I Apply?

We will post a notice on this website when we are accepting Housing Choice Voucher Applications.


Is there more information available?

HUD has a factsheet available. Click here to read the factsheet or here to go to HUD's page about Housing Choice Vouchers.