Young family moving into their new home, a Housing Choice Voucher will assist them with their rent each month.

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.

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