After 15-Year Hold, Section-8 Vouchers Taking New Applicants

For the first time in fifteen years, the New York City Housing Authority will be accepting new applicants for Section 8 vouchers paying towards the rent in any house or condominium in NYC.

By reporter

For the first time since Mayor Bloomberg shut it down in 2009, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will be accepting new applicants for Section 8 housing.

Families in this program are given a voucher when they search for a rental, which allows them to pay no more than 40% of their monthly income toward rent. NYCHA pays the rest of the rent on the family’s behalf for any apartment, building, condominium (condo) or home rental in New York City.

Households that receive a voucher will be able to search for housing within the neighborhood of their choice. As part of the program, qualifying households must have a gross income of 50 percent or below the area median income and generally pay 30 percent of their adjusted monthly income toward rent, with the subsidy in most cases covering the remaining portion.

The application website will be open from June 3rd at 12 AM and ending on June 9th at 11:59 PM.

Following the application process, a new waiting list will be made by August 1, which will then have a raffle selecting 200,000 new families at random from the list. Applicants can then check if they were selected by looking up their application status on the self-service portal.

“After 15 years, we are reopening the doors to hundreds of thousands of new Section 8 applicants and helping more New Yorkers find the housing they need,” Mayor Eric Adams said. “Addressing our city’s housing crisis means using every tool our city has, and that’s exactly what we are doing, we are committed to helping every New Yorker find and stay in their home.”

To apply visit the website here.

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  1. Applied for section 8 before it was closed and before I was married do I need to put in a new one

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