Housing Choice Vouchers help low-income Americans find affordable housing in the private housing market by reimbursing the landlord for the difference between what a household can afford to pay in rent and the rent itself.

Also called tenant-based Section 8, the Housing Choice Voucher program is HUD’s largest rental assistance program; it also serves the lowest income people because of deep income targeting guidelines. NLIHC advocates protecting and expanding the housing choice voucher program with the goal of assisting as many extremely low-income households as possible.

NLIHC Supports

  • Annual spending bills that provide full funding for all vouchers currently in use.
  • Increased number of incremental vouchers.
  • Legislation to require or incentivize state and regional voucher administration.
  • Broader use of HUD’s  Small Area Fair Market Rents in the voucher program.
  • Preventing the implementation of time limits and imposition of minimum rent increases without strong improvements to hardship exemptions.
  • Preventing expanding MTW beyond the number of public housing authorities already authorized to participate in the demonstration.

For more information on public housing, contact Sarah Saadian Mickelson, Senior Director of Policy, at [email protected] or 202.662.1530 x228.

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May 18, 2020

House Passes “HEROES Act” with Key Housing Resources and Protections

The House passed the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act” by a vote of 208-199 on the night of May 15. Introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on May 12, the “HEROES Act” is a $3 trillion relief bill to help the nation respond to the ongoing coronavirus…

January 21, 2020

House Passes Bill to Expand HUD-VASH Program

The House of Representatives passed on January 15 the “Veteran HOUSE Act of 2020” (H.R. 2398) by a vote of 362-31. The bill would allow chronically homeless veterans who have received “other than honorable” (OTH) discharges to participate in the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)…

January 21, 2020

House Subcommittee Discusses Ways to Improve HUD-VASH

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on January 14 held a hearing about “Making HUD-VASH Work for all Veteran Communities” on how to make the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program more effective. The hearing included two panels of witnesses: the first…