How to Check Your Section 8 Status

With so many families applying for Section 8 housing, the waiting list has become longer and longer. This happens because there are often more applicants than there are available vouchers. If you have been waiting for quite a while, then you should check your status to know what is going on.

How to Check Your Status
If your local housing authority has a website, or you applied online, then look for a link for “status update” or something similar. If there isn’t one, call or email your local PHA and ask them about the status of your application. If you applied in Bangor, Maine, contact the PHA there or wherever city or county you applied at, as it is the one that is processing these applications.

Before you call and make sure that you have your ID, Social Security number and other documents related to Section 8 as you will be asked about this. Provided you have the necessary documents and identification, the PHA staff should be able to tell you about the status of your application, including where you are.

Call the Local HUD
Another option is to get in touch with the local HUD in your areas, as it is responsible for the voucher program. They also have numerous branches in all the states and many cities so you can visit them in person. You can also go online where you will find your respective HUD’s email address, fax, phone number, office address and the name of its director.

No matter how long you have been on the waiting list, rest assured that their staff will be able to notify you about your status as everyone who has applied is included in the database. If you are checking your status online, you may need to log in using your birth date or other personal information.

About Section 8 Grants
Section 8, officially known as the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, enables you to stay at a non-HUD property or facility. This program is obviously aimed at families with limited income and is forced to spend a great deal of their monthly income on the rent.

Under this program, your family only has to spend 30% of the monthly income. For many families this is a huge relief as they no longer have to pay more than 50%. The remaining amount of the rent will be paid for by HUD.

While the 50% under the median income rule is followed by all HUDs and PHAs, other rules concerning application, qualification and eviction will vary from state to state. For example, some states have a rule wherein a tenant can be evicted if the family members in the apartment increase without prior notice, but in others this is not so, so you need to get the facts straight.

Also, it is the local PHA that will determine if an applicant is eligible or not. If they are eligible, the PHA will then calculate how much they can help, but you will never have to spend more than 30% of your monthly income on rent no matter what.

It also goes without saying that anyone who wants to apply must be an American citizen or the immigrant status is eligible. Proof of this has to be shown. This is one of the most basic requirements for the program, otherwise you will not be accepted.

Bio: Dan Fournier has written and published several articles about Section 8, the way it has helped millions of Americans and the challenges that it faces. Fournier also has a blog where he writes about the politics in Washington, D.C. where he lives.
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