Eligibility for Section 8

The Section 8 Housing Choice Program provides 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 Rutland Housing Authority, subsidizes the balance of the rent to the property owner.
To be eligible for a Rutland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher you must:
  • have a household income that is within the income limits established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Public Housing.
  • be a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen with an eligible immigration status
  • demonstrate eligibility for local preferences.
  • verify all income, assets, and allowable exclusions.
You may be disqualified if:
  • you have a record of conviction for criminal activity (drug related and/or violent criminal behavior are grounds for immediate disqualification).
  • you owe a debt to a HUD-subsidized housing program.
  • you have 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 Housing Choice Voucher.
Download Section 8 Application
View the Administrative Plan for RHA's Section 8 HCV Program (PDF)