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, Senior Director of Policy, at [email protected] or 202.662.1530 x228.

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

September 21, 2020

National Voter Registration Day is Tomorrow, September 22!

NLIHC’s Our Homes, Our Votes 2020 is committed to strengthening our democracy by registering low-income voters on September 22, National Voter Registration Day. Celebrate and do your part in the community by organizing a voter registration drive in person or online. Last year, the National Voter…

August 24, 2020

Study Examines “Man in the House” Rules in the Voucher Program

A new article by Rahim Kurwa, “The New Man in the House Rules: How the Regulation of Housing Vouchers Turns Personal Bonds into Eviction Liabilities,” explores the impacts on families of regulations in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The article, published in Housing Policy Debate, finds…

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…