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Section 8

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program


The Section 8 HCV program is a federal housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single family homes, townhouses, and/ or apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the City of Miami.

Housing subsidies are paid to landlords directly by the City of Miami on behalf of participating families. The families then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.



Local Preferences and Waitlist

Since the demand for housing assistance often exceeds the limited resources available for this program, long wait periods are common. Therefore, the City of Miami has established preferences for the elderly and/or the disabled. Families who qualify for this local preference move ahead of other families on the list who do not qualify under this preference.

How do Housing Vouchers work?

Once a family is selected from the City’s Section 8 waitlist, the housing voucher holder is advised of the unit size for which it is eligible based on family size and composition.

The housing unit selected by the family must meet an acceptable level of health and safety before the City can approve the unit. When the voucher holder finds a unit that it wishes to occupy and reaches an agreement with the landlord over the lease terms, the City will inspect the dwelling unit and determine that the rent requested is reasonable. The housing voucher family must pay 30% of its monthly adjusted gross income for rent and utilities.


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