July 8, 2020

Maine HUD Voucher Program (Section 8)

The Maine Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Maine Section 8, is a federal assistance program administered by the state that helps individuals on a low income with the payment of their rent. Maine Section 8 program participants are responsible for finding their own housing and contributing a percentage of their income toward the cost of rent. The Housing Choice Voucher program is then responsible for paying the remaining percentage directly to the participant’s landlord.

Maine HUD Voucher Program - Section 8

In order to participate in the program, one must meet the Maine Housing Choice Voucher program eligibility requirements. Eligibility is determined based on the annual gross income and size of the household. Generally, the income should not exceed 50% of the median income for the county of desired residence. Median income levels are determined by your local HUD office or housing authority, and are likely to vary by location.

Before you can be approved to participate in the Maine Housing Choice Voucher program, your financial information will be examined by your local housing authority. Your bank, employer and other government agencies may be contacted during this process. Note that Section 8 applicants must be U.S. Citizens or fall into a category of specified non-citizens who are eligible for immigration.

If you are eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher program, you will either begin receiving assistance or your name will be placed on a waiting list. How much assistance you receive will be mathematically determined by your local housing authority.

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  1. melissa anderson says:

    I am on section 8 in Bangor Maine. I recently moved from an apartment but the last landlord i had charged me $221.00 for 7 days. I sent in 30 day notice on the Nov. 4 Th they received it on the 6 Th of Nov. there for we had to be out on Dec. 6 Th. We were out on the 5 Th. I was paying $140 a month and section 8 paid the rest. Was the landlord allowed to pro rate me $221.00 or was he suppose to send it thru section 8???? I am confused. My boyfriend called up Sally McDonald at the Bangor housing and she was VERY rude and told him What do you want me to do about it.

  2. James MCpherson says:

    I live in a 55 and older community. I’ve just recently learned that my family is not able to continue to help me pay my monthly rent. I’m devastated ! I know the residents here ( Highland Commons in S. Portland) and have made some friends.
    I’m disabled, I’m 57 yrs old. I have a small dog, my total income per month is just $1140. I want to stay here but my rent is $1350 ( that includes utilities).
    Can I get a voucher to help pay some of my monthly rent? Or would I have to move ?

    Thank you
    Jim McPherson

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