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Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
for Worcester, Massachusetts
AN OVERVIEW


Section 8 housing is a federal government assistance program that helps low-income families and individuals in Worcester and other cities nationwide pay for their housing. Section 8 housing assistance may be in the form of rental vouchers given to Worcester tenants to help pay their rent; Section 8 homeownership assistance to help pay a mortgage loan; or project-based subsidies used to keep rents low in specific private housing developments in Worcester. Section 8 is also called the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

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Section 8 Tenant-Based Vouchers

With a Section 8 tenant-based voucher, a family may choose its own apartment. The apartment must be safe and clean, and the rent must be reasonable. Families usually pay 30% of their income for rent, and the Section 8 voucher covers the rest. If the family moves, they may use their voucher for a different apartment.

Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers

With a project-based Section 8 voucher, a family must live in a specific Section 8 subsidized housing unit. These subsidized housing units are privately owned, but the owners get help from the government in return for low rents. Families pay 30% of their income for rent, and Section 8 pays the rest. If the family moves, the voucher goes to the next family that rents that apartment.

Section 8 Homeownership Vouchers

A family that has had a Section 8 housing rental voucher for at least a year and decides to buy their own home may use their voucher to help pay for the mortgage. To qualify, the family must be a first-time homebuyer and must find a house to buy that meets the Section 8 program standards.



Use the online Rental Assistance Eligibility Check to see if you might qualify for benefits.

 

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