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Tenant-Based Assistance

Section 8

The Housing Choice Voucher program (commonly known as “Section 8”) is a rent subsidy program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Housing Authority of Snohomish County (HASCO).

The program assists low-income families with their rental payments and enables such individuals to afford decent housing.

Under this program, participants pay a portion of the rent directly to the owner/agent. The tenant’s rent portion is determined by their income. Under this program, residents cannot pay more in rent than is determined by HASCO. HASCO makes up the difference between what the resident pays in rent and the total Contract Rent, by making a payment directly to the owner on behalf of the resident. Participants initially pay 30% to 40% of their adjusted income for rent and utilities.

NOTE: Any new participant can use their housing Voucher to select a unit in any jurisdiction in the United States or its territories administering a Voucher Program, providing you were living in the jurisdiction of the Housing Authority now issuing you a voucher when you submitted your application for Section 8 assistance. If you were not living in the jurisdiction when you submitted your application, you are not eligible to move (Portable Out) to another jurisdiction for one year.