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Vouchers that pay part of your rent

Section 8 / Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) | NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)

1. How it Works

Section 8 pays part of the rent for low- and moderate-income families who want to rent in the private market. Generally, families pay no more than 40% of their monthly income towards their rent. NYCHA pays the rest to the property owner.

  • To apply for the NYC Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, you will need to wait for the lottery to open.
    • The lottery is currently closed. Lotteries may be closed for many years. When they open, it is free to apply.
    • If you previously submitted a Section 8 application when the waiting list was open, log on to the Self-Service Portal to confirm the receipt of your NYCHA application.
  • NYC Housing & Preservation Development and NYS Home & Community Renewal also operate Section 8 programs in NYC.
    • Lotteries for the general public to those programs are currently closed.
  • As an alternative, you can find affordable housing through NYC Housing Connect and NYC Housing Development Corporation.

2. Determine your eligibility

Eligibility for the Section 8/HCV programs is primarily based on how much your family earns and family size.

Household Size Annual Income
1 $41,800
2 $47,750
3 $53,700
4 $59,650
5 $64,450
6 $69,200
7 $74,000
8 $78,750


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3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you. This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

  • Birth certificate and Social Security number (for every member)
  • Marriage records (if married)
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Social Security Card for dependents
  • Social Security Card or ITIN

Proof of your income

Proof of citizenship/immigration status

Proof of your resources

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Learn more about Section 8 from NYCHA’s website.

Call 311

Ask for Section 8 assistance.

Call if you have questions

Call NYCHA’s Customer Contact Center (CCC) at 718-707-7771. Due to COVID-19, NYCHA’s customer contact centers are currently not receiving walk-in visitors.

Immigrants can make an appointment with ActionNYC to receive assistance.

Last Updated Thursday, February 10th, 2:41pm

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