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5 Requirements for Applying for Section 8 Housing


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Family Size
The more the people in a household, the higher the Section 8 income limit.
The more the people in a household, the higher the Section 8 income limit.
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In the world of Section 8, family size matters. The fewer the people in a household, the lower the Section 8 income limit. For example, in Tulsa, Okla., a family of eight has to have a combined income of $39,150 or less to qualify for the program, while a three-person family has to have a combined income of no more than $26,700 [source: Housing Authority of Tulsa]. In the very pricey Boston region, a family of eight would have to make no more than about $60,000 a year, while a family of three would need a yearly income of $40,600 or less [source: Massachusetts Legal Help]. A single person who intends to live alone can also qualify for Section 8.

Section 8 is a very fluid program because a family's housing needs change over time as families grow and employment statuses changes. Section 8 vouchers allow families to move anywhere in the country without losing their rental-assistance, as long as they first notify the various housing authorities [source: Connecticut Department of Social Services].

Young families are not the only people who benefit from the program. Senior citizens, those 62 or older, can also participate, either as individuals or as families. Additionally, the disabled and their families can also take part in the program.


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