If you are in Bergen County NJ and are homeless and need shelter for tonight, please call the Bergen County Homelessness Prevention Hotline at 888-323-7426.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (also known as “Section 8”) refers to Section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) and provides assistance to very low-income families to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Housing can include single-family homes, townhouses and apartments and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.