Housing Choice Vouchers
The Section 8 Housing Choice voucher program was established in 1974 and has since become the largest form of federal housing assistance. Low-income families use Section 8 to help pay for housing from the private market; the vouchers, distributed by local Public Housing Authorities, are meant to ensure that households only pay 30% of their income to rent. The program is a critical component in the continuum of housing for low income people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.
NAHC supports an appropriation that fully funds the renewal of existing Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers in use, approximately 2.1 million, as well as allowing for expansion to serve some of the millions of low-income Americans in need of housing assistance. This appropriation must be made without sacrificing other critical programs for low-income and/or disabled people.