How to Stop Section 8 in My Neighborhood


Section 8 is a federal voucher program designed to help low income families afford decent housing. You have your own reasons for wanting to prevent this from happening, but be warned: it is discriminatory, thus illegal, to prevent section 8 housing without a cause. There are resources available to you if there is a real reason you want to prevent or reverse a Section 8 housing in your neighborhood.

  • Check for restrictions or rules regarding your current living situation. If you live in a condo or are part of a homeowners association, for example, you may be subject to rules that pertain to the total number of rentals allowed.

  • Talk to the board that controls the bylaws associated with your neighborhood. You can change whether you want to allow renting in your neighborhood, but you cannot single out section 8 housing as this would be discrimination. This option may be difficult or take significantly more time if you already have people renting out the space.

  • Contact the housing authority in your city to find out the requirement and qualifications for Section 8 housing. You can report the Section 8 tenants to the housing authority if you notice they are not following the rules.

  • File a complaint with the housing authority, but only if you have a valid complaint.

  • If the Section 8 tenant are being a nuisance or otherwise creating an unpleasant atmosphere you can talk to a lawyer about pressing charges to get the problem solved.

Tips & Warnings

  • Record everything having to do with the new tenants. It may seem petty now, but if they do turn out to be a nuisance, you'll be glad you did.
  • The only time you can intervene legally with Section 8 housing is when you can prove the housing is affecting you or your property negatively or there is a preexisting law or bylaw preventing the property from being rented. However, don't assume Section 8 housing will do anything to your property. Assumptions such as increasing crime, decreasing property value any and racial assumptions are discriminatory.


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