5 Requirements for Applying for Section 8 Housing

Citizenship Requirements

A person has to be a legal U.S. citizen or immigrant to enjoy the benefits of Section 8. In order to receive a voucher, applicants must provide evidence of citizenship or legal immigration status. Moreover, each family member has to sign a form swearing that they meet all citizenship requirements. Eligible immigrants must agree to an immigration background check [source: Los Angeles County Housing Authority]. Housing authorities will take the following documents as proof of legal immigrant status:

  • Resident Alien Card
  • Alien Registration Receipt Card
  • Arrival-departure Record
  • Temporary Resident Card
  • Employment Authorization Card
  • Any U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service issued receipt that replaces any of the above documents

[source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development]

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