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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. Eligibility for this program is based on a family’s gross annual income and family size. Generally, families pay no more than 40% of their monthly income towards their rent. NYCHA pays the rest to the property owner.

  • The application will be available online at on.nyc.gov/section8-application from Monday, June 3, 2024, at 12:00 AM, through Sunday, June 9, 2024, at 11:59 PM.
    • If you have questions or want to know what information is required to complete the Section 8 application, visit on.nyc.gov/sec8-app-faq
    • 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 $54,350
2 $62,150
3 $69,900
4 $77,650
5 $83,850
6 $90,050
7 $96,300
8 $102,500

 

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3. How to Apply

3. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

The application will be available online at on.nyc.gov/section8-application from Monday, June 3, 2024, at 12:00 AM, through Sunday, June 9, 2024, at 11:59 PM.

Apply by mail

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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.

Last Updated June 10, 2024

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