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 smickelson@nlihc.org or 202.662.1530 x228.

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August 20, 2018

House Subcommittee Holds Field Hearing on Housing and Opioid Recovery

The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a field hearing titled “The Role of Federal Housing and Community Development Programs to Support Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery” on August 16. Representative Andy Barr (R-KY) spoke about legislation…

June 18, 2018

House Passes THRIVE Act; NLIHC Opposes Bill

The House approved by a vote of 230-173 the “Transitional Housing for Recovery in Viable Environments Demonstration Program (THRIVE) Act” (HR 5735) on June 14. The bill, introduced by Representative Andy Barr (R-KY), would divert 10,000 vouchers, or $83 million, away from the Housing Choice Voucher…

May 1, 2017

PIH Notice Provides Voucher Funding Shortfall Guidance

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued Notice PIH 2017-07 to provide public housing agencies (PHAs) guidance regarding potential eligibility for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) shortfall funding in calendar year 2017. Shortfall funding would have to be provided by Congress either…

August 22, 2016

Notice Implements $5 Million Tenant Protection Voucher Set-Aside

HUD issued a Notice implementing the $5 million set-aside in the “FY16 Appropriations Act” for tenant protection vouchers for low income households who may have to pay more than 30% of their income for rent if they are living certain HUD-assisted multifamily housing in a low-vacancy area. The $5…