Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)
What is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?
One option for families who need rental assistance is a Housing Choice Voucher. If families are found eligible, they receive a voucher and then they find their own housing. The renter will pay 30% of their adjusted gross income as rent and the balance is paid by the Section 8 program, funded by the Department of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD). They may also choose to live in a unit in a qualified property that has been designated as a Project-Based Section 8 housing unit. These operate with vouchers that are virtually tied to a unit in a property. The Montana Department of Commerce Public Housing Authority reserves 20% of their vouchers for this program. Click on the Section 8 heading for our projects and listings.
Who is eligible?
Any eligible family or individual living in Montana whose income is 30% less than the state median income. See Section 8 Annual Income Limits to see if you qualify.
How do you obtain a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher?
You must apply for a voucher. There is a wait list for Montana that generally takes 18 months. Apply online.
How much rent does the voucher cover?
The PHA pays the owner the difference between 30% of the family income and the gross rent for the unit. For example: if a family makes $1200 a month and the rent is $900; then 30% of $1200 is $360 and the difference between $900 and $360 is $540. So the voucher will be for $540 and the family will pay $360.
Who generally applies for Section 8 Housing?
The program was designed to assist anyone who makes less than 30% of the AMI. Many times this includes low-income seniors, single parents with children and individuals with disabilities.
These units are available to persons with a voucher.
Please check out property listings in Montana on Montana Housing Search. This rental search website includes a feature that indicates which units of housing will accept vouchers.