Updated: August 2016
The Section 8 Program is a federally funded program administered by the Housing Authority of the City of New York. The Section 8 Program, often referred to as the Rent Assistance Program, is designed to help low and moderate income families rent privately-owned housing. The rental subsidy known as a housing assistance payment is paid directly to the property owner or designated payee each month. This program is available to a limited number of families and allows them to pay approximately 30% to 40% of their income towards their monthly rent. The program pays the balance of the rent directly to the landlord in the form of a monthly check.