Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), formerly known as the Section 8 Program, is the largest federally and state funded rental subsidy program available to assist low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to rent decent, safe and affordable housing. Eligibility for the program is based on family size and income, and is limited to U.S. citizens and non-citizens who have eligible immigration status and recieve an acceptable criminal record check or CORI. A Household's income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the area in which the family chooses to live. Upon application a family's name is put on a waiting list. Unfortunately at this time the waiting list is several years long. Once the family reaches the top of the waiting list they will be contacted by South Shore Housing for an eligibility review. If determined to be eligible at that time the family would attend a brief session to review the rules and obligations of the program and the leasing process, and begin an appropriate rental search.
Tenants pay approximately 30% but no more than 40% of their monthly income toward rent and utilities, and South Shore Housing pays the remaining balance to the property owner. All rental properties must undergo a Housing Quality Inspection by our professional housing inspectors prior to entering a lease for the property. Properties are then inspected annually.
There are several ways to apply for the HCVP. You may apply in person at South Shore Housing's office. You may request that an application be sent to you. You may download the application off the Internet by going to the Department of Housing and Community Development’s website http://www.mass.gov/hed/housing/rental-assistance/rental-applications-and-documentation.html. Applications must be returned either by mail or in person to SSH. Faxed applications will not be accepted.