Section 8 is an old name for the Housing Choice Voucher program that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers. The program provides qualifying low-income individuals and families rental and home-purchase subsidies. Authorized by HUD, Public Housing Agencies administer the vouchers throughout the country, determining eligibility and issuing the authorization for assistance. Your first step is to get an application from an Ohio PHA for placement on the agency's waiting list. The staff determines your eligibility once your name comes up for a voucher.
Locate the closest Public Housing Authority to you. HUD's website lists more than 50 offices throughout the state of Ohio where you can apply for a housing choice voucher and get on the waiting list. See Resources for the link to the complete list of offices in the state.
Obtain a voucher application. You'll be asked to list who makes up your household and who the head is, for example. Social Security numbers and income information for all family members are also required. During this phase of the process, you do not have to provide proof. You will need to submit supporting documentation at the time your name comes up for a voucher. The PHA might opt for a concise pre-application form for the sole purpose of placing individuals on the waiting list. When a voucher becomes available, you are then asked to fill out the full application.
Submit the completed application as soon as possible to the Public Housing Authority. Fill it out at the agency if possible to decrease the chances of other families getting their application on the waiting list ahead of yours.
Tips & Warnings
- Keep the PHA informed of changes of address, telephone number and any other contact information. If the staff cannot find you when assistance becomes available, they will move on to the next person on the waiting list.
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