October 19, 2021

Pennsylvania HUD Voucher Program (Section 8)

The Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Pennsylvania Section 8, is a federal assistance program administered by the state that helps individuals on a low income with the payment of their rent. Pennsylvania 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.

Pennsylvania HUD Voucher Program - Section 8

In order to participate in the program, one must meet the Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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. Shaun says:

    My fiancĂ© and I are terribly afraid right now. We both live with our parents as of now. Hers are in terrible shape and are probably looking at a nursing home within a month or so. She works for under $8 an hour, 35 or so hrs per week. My Mom is planning to move out of state to take care of my ailing grandparents. I am on temporary disability (just applied for full time disability 2/12 after being on temp for 4 yrs from my dr) due to severe Panic Disorder, MDD, and agoraphobia. this pays $403/mo along with food stamps. I also have 50/50 custody of my 2 beautiful children ages 13 and 11. We are basically going to be homeless soon without help and even feel guilty asking for assistance but don’t know where else to turn.We both heard of HUD/Sec 8 before but basically know nothing about it. I’m sure by further reading here online we can figure out where to begin the process but our major concern is time. I know that there are probably a lot of variables and will not hold any answer you give me as legally binding or anything, but is there a rough time frame you could give us from the time we meet with someone at the housing authority until we could be eligible to rent a home providing we find one suitable for us immediately? Is it a matter of weeks, months, years? We are desparate please any info would be helpful. Thank you so much.

  2. gina says:

    can family members stay with you on vacation?

  3. Chris Morell says:

    I have a question about Section 8 housing. I have an apartment with my sect 8 voucher. What is the longest I can go…….without being recertification? I know the absolute longest is not one year exactly. Thank You

  4. Mandy Treaster says:

    My husband just left last week and he was the one who paid rent.
    He left me and my 3 kids here to fend for ourselves. And we need help with paying
    Rent here. ASAP. Any info is appreciated. We are in Pennsylvania
    Huntingdon county

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