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 foreclosure intervention, contact Elayne Weiss, Policy Analyst, at eweiss@nlihc.org or 202.662.1530 x243.

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

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…

July 25, 2016

CBPP Releases New State Fact Sheets on Federal Rental Assistance and Vouchers

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) posted new state fact sheets on federal rental assistance generally and specifically on the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The details vary from state to state, but one consistent finding is that many eligible households that need assistance…