Help paying rent

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

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

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.

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

Proof of where you live

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For the household, any one document:

  • Mail from a government agency that has your name and street address (not a P.O. Box)
  • Current letter, lease, or rent receipt from your landlord with your home address on it
  • Postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with your name and date (cannot have been sent to a P.O. Box)
  • Utility bill (gas, electric, or water)
  • Verification of rent amount

Proof of your income

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For each income source of each income earner, any one document:

Wages & Salary

  • W2
  • Income tax

Self-employment

  • Records of earnings and expenses
  • Signed and dated income tax return and all schedules

Unemployment Income

  • 1099-G
  • Award letter or certificate

Social Security Benefits (SSI, Dependent, Disability, Survivor’s, or Retirement)

  • Current award letter or certificate

Pensions, Annuities, or IRA

  • 1099-R
  • 1099-NT
  • Statement from bank, credit union, or financial institution

Interest, Dividends, or Royalties

  • 1099-DIV
  • 1099-INT

Proof of citizenship/immigration status

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Green card (copy of the front and back)
  • Arrival-Departure Record Card: INS form I-94

Proof of your resources

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For each resource of each resource holder, any one document:

  • Copies of stocks, bonds, or securities

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

  • New Section 8/HCV applications are not being accepted at this time. The public will be notified when applications are being accepted again.
  • 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.

Confirm receipt of your application

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We can send you a link to this page to help you get back to it when you’re ready.

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

Updated December 20, 2017