The Housing Choice Voucher Program
is a type of Federal assistance provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) dedicated to sponsoring subsidized housing for low-income families and individuals. It is more commonly known as Section 8. the reference to the portion of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 under which the original subsidy program was authorized.
What is the housing voucher program?
Created in the 1970s. the Section 8 housing voucher program has become the dominant form of federal housing assistance. Low-income families use vouchers to help pay for housing that they find in the private market. The program is federally funded, but vouchers are distributed by network of 2,400 local state, and regional housing agencies.
Alyson Griffin addressing Houston City Council on the positive economic and social impact of Section 8 homeownership. Alyson highlights the enormous potential of this program on the local Houston economy as well as nationally.