Section 8 refers to building-based and tenant-based rental subsidy programs first created in section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937. The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program went into effect in October 1999 and it replaces the Section 8 certificate and voucher programs. The terms Section 8 and Housing Choice Voucher are still used interchangeably.
The Impact of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA) on the Housing Rights and Options of Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
This Q&A document explains the key housing provisions of VAWA 2005, including housing-related grant programs, amendments to public housing and section 8 regarding eviction defense, eligibility, and portability, HMIS changes, and new planning requirements.
This paper is a brief advocacy guide on two sets of HUD proposed regulations issued in April and May 1999. Both sets of regulations involved directives urging public housing authorities to have preferences for victims of domestic violence. While the issue of the 1999 regulations is over for now, the paper is relevant by offering basic information about continuing issues such as why battered women would want to get in a housing program as soon as possible and how to advocate with public housing authorities in their annual and five-year planning processes.
Housing and Battered Women: Using Housing Vouchers to Assist Battered Women Move From Welfare to Work
This was written to provide domestic violence advocates with information and strategies to promote the use of HUD's new welfare-to-work housing vouchers as a resource to assist battered women receiving public assistance. The paper identifies barriers faced by many battered women as they attempt to move from welfare to work and identifies how the new voucher program can help women overcome these obstacles.
The paper includes a short research review outlining studies showing that vouchers are a highly effective form of assistance.
The piece covers non-physical modifications such as reinstatement on waiting lists, assistance in finding an accessible unit, referral services, voucher terms, exception payment standards, higher utility allowances, live-in aides, and renting from a blood relative. Basic strategies for requesting reasonable accommodations are also provided. Advocates may find this article helpful for working with PHA's and with survivors and their family members with disabilities.
Available from: Contact the NRCDV at 1-800-537-2238 and 1-800-553-2508 (TTY)
Each chapter covers a different aspect of the program including eligibility, rent determination, housing searches, moving and keeping a voucher, reasonable accommodation and modification, and homeownership. The focus of the guidebook is on assistance to people with disabilities. One appendix includes a state-by-state breakdown of public housing agencies with section 8 vouchers targeted to people with disabilities.
The booklet includes chapters on strategies to increase utilization of Housing Choice Vouchers, responsibilities under fair housing laws, relevant information on the Medicaid program, and implications of the US Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C. The guide also integrates the chapter information into a user-friendly "frequently asked questions" section.