Housing Choice Voucher


The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) provides tenant-based assistance, in the form of a voucher, to low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities for rental units chosen by the tenant in the private market. The Housing Authority provides payments directly to participating property owners to offset the cost difference between tenant payments and unit rent. Program applicants choose from a variety of housing options, ranging from apartments, duplexes, single-family homes to townhomes.Tenants can find available units by visiting GoSection8 and MyApartmentMap.

In order to assist you with your housing decision, we have provided a link to the City of Houston Super Neighborhood page. There you can find information regarding demographics, land use and other useful information to help you make the best choice possible for you and your family. Below is a map that shows where each neighborhood is located. Click here to learn more about super neighborhoods and to view the recognized list of super neighborhoods.

Families with vouchers generally pay between 30 to 40 percent of their annual income for rent. Rent must be reasonable compared with similar unassisted units in the area, and the property must meet HUD's Section 8 Housing Quality Standards. All Section 8 program rules and policies can be found in the  Administrative Plan.

Current participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program may choose to participate in the Housing Authority's Family Self Sufficiency Program, which offers employment and other case-managed services designed to promote economic self-sufficiency.

Services offered through the FSS Program may range from job training to child-care and transportation assistance. FSS participants may also take advantage of homeownership counseling, including the establishment of a family escrow account that can be used for purchasing a house through the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program or for any other purpose upon successful completion of the FSS program.

For your convenience, we have made some common housing forms available for your use. Click here to view or download the forms.

City of Houston Super Neighborhoods

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