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Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

This program is a federally funded rent subsidy program. Generally administered by local housing authorities, it provides rent vouchers to eligible households.

How the program works:

  • voucher holders find their own apartments and negotiate their own rents and leases
  • landlords sign an agreement with the housing authority administering the voucher
  • voucher holders pay their share of the monthly rent (usually 30 percent of income) to the landlord and the housing authority pays the balance

Vouchers are available through housing authorities or Connecticut’s Department of Housing. However, there are long waiting lists, which are generally closed to new applicants. Occasionally, a housing authority will open its waiting list, usually for a fixed period of time to new applicants. Such openings are usually for a month or less and sometimes for as little as a single day. By state law, housing authorities must give at least two weeks’ advance notice before a waiting list is opened. If you are seeking a housing voucher, stay alert to these notices and carefully follow each housing authority’s directions for submitting an application.

Learn more. Please visit the Housing Choice Voucher Program to register for email notification about open waitlist or to see currently open lists.
Learn more. Please visit a local HUD office to find where the Section 8 Housing Voucher program is available.

Date Modified: 08/08/2017

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