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Section 8 - Housing Choice Vouchers

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.