The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is a federally funded program administered by local public housing agencies. The HCV program enables families to obtain decent, safe, and sanitary housing by subsidizing a portion of each tenant's monthly rent and paying it directly and promptly to the property owner. Any type of private rental housing is eligible. Single family dwellings, duplex units, row houses, high rise buildings and townhouses are eligible. Paperwork is minimal and the owner retains normal management rights and responsibilities, including tenant selection, rent collection, property maintenance, and lease termination.
A family receiving a voucher from SHA may use it in the city of Syracuse and surrounding communities. In addition, the family may be able to use the portability feature of the HCV program and move anywhere in the country.
The Syracuse Housing Authority currently serves over 3000 families through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, and over 400 families through the Shelter Plus Care Program. Annually, SHA provides approximately $20 million in Section 8 rental assistance to the greater-Syracuse area.