A Section 8 Voucher (also called a Housing Choice Voucher) is a rent voucher provided under Section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act. Eligible households can use the voucher for the housing of their choice. The voucher payment generally subsidizes the difference between the rent and estimated utility cost and and the tenant’s contribution of 30% of adjusted income. (In Santa Clara County due to federal budget cuts, the tenant’s contribution in some instances is 32% of adjusted income.) Often people with Section 8 Vouchers cannot find landlords who will accept the vouchers in a tight rental market, as the rents that HUD allows are not as high as market rents actually are. SB 329 is currently under consideration in the California legislature; this would prohibit landlords from discrimination against tenants who are using vouchers.
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Housing Choice Voucher