The Housing Choice (Section 8) voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to rent decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the open market. Since the rental assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find and lease privately owned housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Stanislaus Housing Authority use income limits developed by HUD. HUD sets the lower income limits at 80% and very low income limits at 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which you choose to live. Income limits vary from area to area so you may be eligible at one HA but not at another. The Stanislaus County Section 8 voucher income limits for fiscal year 2013 are:


Extremely Low Income
30% of median income
Very Low Income
30% to 50% of median income
Low Income
50% to 80% of median income
1 12,400 20,650 33,050
2 14,150 23,600 37,750
3 15,900 26,550 42,450
4 17,650 29,450 47,150
5 19.100 31,850 50,950
6 20,500 34,200 54,700
7 21,900 36,550 58,500
8 23,300 38,900 62,250
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's



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