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The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is a federally funded program administered by SHA. The HCV program enables families to obtain decent, safe, and sanitary housing by subsidizing a portion of each tenant's monthly rent. 

When an eligible applicant is selected from the wait list, they will be offered a voucher. Voucher participants must look for housing that is in good condition so that it will pass the Housing Quality Standards inspection and meet rent reasonableness standards. If approved, the Section 8 family will pay a percentage (generally, 30%) of its monthly income for shelter (rent plus utilities) and SHA pays the difference directly to the owner of the unit.

Under this program:



The SHA has established Project-Based Vouchers at the complex listed below. The vouchers at this complex are attached to specific units.  Clients may apply at the complex. 

Courtyard at James
708 James Street
Syracuse, New York 13203



The Shelter Plus Care program provides tenant-based rental assistance for hard-to-serve homeless persons with disabilities coordinated with support services from various partnering community human service agencies. 

The Shelter Plus Care program is designed to provide housing and supportive services on a long-term basis for homeless persons with disabilities, which includes individuals with serious mental illness, chronic problems with alcohol or drugs, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases. Shelter Plus Care recipients are able to seek housing anywhere in the City of Syracuse and surrounding communities. Similar to the HCV Program, SHA provides rental subsidy to landlords on behalf of the client. Participants will pay approximately 30% of their annual income towards rent and utilities.

Shelter Plus Care is a referral program. Clients who wish to enroll in the program must be referred to the SHA by one of the service agencies listed below.

Participating Agencies
AIDS Community Resources
Arise, Inc.
ARC of Onondaga
Catholic Charities
CNY Developmental Services
CNY Services
Epilepsy Foundation
Liberty Resources
Onondaga Case Management
Salvation Army
Transitional living Services
Vera House 
VA Homeless Program



The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is available to SHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher participants. It is a voluntary program which is designed to assist participants in becoming self-supporting. The only requirement is a desire to improve your circumstances and a willingness to commit to taking the steps necessary to reach the goal of self-sufficiency.

It is a five-year program, which is based on personal goals set to improve a participant’s circumstances. The goals could include:

The FSS Program offers a financial incentive to participants who successfully complete their Contract of Participation. Once a participant is enrolled in the program, anytime their earned income increases, money will be deposited into an escrow account. An escrow check will be issued upon successful completion of the contract. A portion of this escrow account may be made available to the family during the term of the contract to enable the family to complete an interim goal, such as education. A number of FSS participants have accumulated savings accounts in excess of $5,000!

If you are interested in enrolling in the FSS Program, please complete the attached form and submit it to the Section 8 Office at:

312 Gifford St. 9th Floor
Syracuse, NY 13204




Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program recipients can take advantage of the Homeownership Program to assist them in their goal to buy a home. Once a participant is approved for a mortgage and purchases a home, SHA will make monthly mortgage assistance payments on behalf of the family. The amount of this assistance (similar to the HCV program), is based upon the family's income and the relationship of this amount to the Payment Standard and/or the total monthly housing costs.
For mortgages with a term of 20 years or more, the family could receive assistance for up to 15 years. If the mortgage term is less than 20 years, assistance is limited to 10 years.

In order to qualify for the Homeownership Program, a family must meet the following requirements:



The Section 8 Mod Rehab SRO program is a project-based rental assistance program. SHA has a contract with the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, in which SHA makes rental assistance payments to (60) designated units at the complex, similar to project-based vouchers. Payments made to the YMCA cover the difference between a portion of the tenant’s income (generally 30 percent), and the unit’s eligible rent. As required by the SRO Mod Rehab Program, the YMCA previously completed a moderate rehabilitation of the designated units, and under the contract, rents them to homeless individuals.

This program is located at:

YMCA of Greater Syracuse
340 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202



The Veteran's Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program allows eligible veterans to receive Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers in order to obtain decent, safe, and sanitary housing. To date, there are 95 Vouchers allocated to the HUD-VASH program at SHA.

The HUD-VASH program is a joint program between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Veteran's Administration (VA) that provides permanent housing and ongoing treatment services to the hard-to-serve homeless and mentally ill veterans and those suffering from substance abuse disorders. The Section 8 HCV program has designated 70 vouchers for these homeless chronically mentally ill veterans.

VA staff provides outreach, clinical care and ongoing case management services. Rigorous evaluation of this program indicates that this approach significantly reduces days of homelessness for veterans plagued by serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Veterans are referred to the HUD-VASH program by their case manager.