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

1. How it Works

Section 8 helps low- and-moderate-income families rent homes. Generally, families pay no more than 40 percent of their monthly income toward their rent share. NYCHA pays the remaining amount to the owner on the family’s behalf.

  • As of May 14, 2007 applications for Section 8/HCV programs are not being accepted; the public will be notified when applications reopen and how 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
  • Affordable housing options are also available through NYC Housing Connect and NYC Housing Development Corporation
  • Never pay money to apply for Section 8 or public housing
  • NYCHA, NYC Housing & Preservation Development, and NYS Home & Community Renewal all operate Section 8 programs in NYC

2. Determine your eligibility

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

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

Am I Eligible?

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

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage records
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Social Security Card for dependents
  • Social Security Card or ITIN

Proof of where you live

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Proof of your income

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Proof of citizenship/immigration status

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Proof of your resources

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the NYCHA website to learn more about each program.

Call 311

Ask for Section 8 assistance.

Call if you have questions

Call NYCHA Section 8 at 718-707-7771.

Visit a NYCHA walk-in center

Bronx: 478 East Fordham Rd, 2nd Flr, Bronx, NY 10458

Brooklyn: 787 Atlantic Ave, 2nd Flr, Brooklyn, NY 11238