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Section 8 Housing

Privately owned residential rental units that are used by a property owner to participate in the low-income rental assistance program created by the 1974 amendments to Section 8 of the 1937 Housing Act. There are two types of Section 8 programs, known as “place-based” and “tenant-based”. Under the tenant-based program, HUD pays a rent subsidy to the landlord on behalf of qualified low-income residents so they pay a limited portion of their income for rent (voucher program). Alternatively, residents may receive rent subsidies for the entire rent and not pay any portion of the rent themselves (certificate program). Alternatively, for place-based Section 8 programs, the rental assistance is tied to a rental property, not an individual household