Section 8 Tenant Information

Overview

The housing choice voucher program is a federally funded program that provides rental assistance to very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled in the private market. The Evansville Housing Authority (EHA) administers the housing choice vouchers for the Evansville/Vanderburg metropolitian area. EHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

Participants search for their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

EHA will pay a portion of the approved rent directly to the landlord directly on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program, or 30% to 40% of their adjusted monthly income. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the PHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.