Eligibility for Section 8

The Section 8 Housing Choice and Mainstream Voucher Programs provide assistance for low-income families in the private rental market through HUD. Rental Voucher Holders select a unit from the private rental market and rental assistance makes market-rate housing affordable. Participants in the program normally pay no more than 30% of their monthly adjusted income towards rent and utilities. HUD, through the Rutland Housing Authority, subsidizes the balance of the rent to the property owner.


To be eligible for Rutland Housing Authority Section 8 Programs an individual or family must:
  • have a household income that is within the income limits established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Section 8 Voucher Program.
  • be U.S. citizens or non-citizens with an eligible immigration status
  • demonstrate eligibility for local preferences.
  • verify all income, assets, and allowable exclusions.


To be eligible for a Rutland Housing Authority Mainstream Voucher, a family must also demonstrate that:
  • the Head of Household is under 62 years old
  • you or a family member receive disability benefits
  • you are homeless, have a history of homelessness, or are at risk of becoming homeless.


You may be disqualified if anyone named on your application:
  • has a record of conviction for criminal activity (drug related and/or violent criminal behavior are grounds for immediate disqualification).
  • owes a debt to a HUD-subsidized housing program.
  • has an adverse record connected to a past termination of tenancy (either voluntary or involuntary termination).


If the RHA determines that your family is eligible, we will put your household on a waiting list by date and time. When your name reaches the top of the waiting list, RHA staff will contact you for an interview and issue you a voucher.
Download Section 8 Application
View the Administrative Plan for RHA's Section 8 HCV Program (PDF)