Section 8 Program

Section 8- Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

A Tenant-Based Voucher is a component of the Federal Housing Choice Voucher Program. A voucher is provided to an eligible family or individual, which allows them to locate housing of their choice, including single-family homes, townhouses, apartments, and mobile homes.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and where the landlord is willing to accept the voucher payment. Initially, the housing must be located in Montgomery County, IL, but after one year, participants may move anywhere in the country where there is a voucher program.

Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety and must pass an inspection. The housing unit must be the appropriate size for the size of the household, and the total rent charged by the owner must be within the applicable payment standard for the area in which the unit is located.

The primary purpose of the intake function is to gather information about the family. Applicants will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with this plan.


Preliminary Eligibility Includes:

  • Does not exceed income limit (see income limits below)
  • The applicant or head of household must be 18 years of age or an emancipated minor

Section 8 HCV Program

The Section 8 HCV Program is a HUD regulated, federally funded, subsidized-rental program that allows recipients of a voucher to rent safe and sanitary housing in the private sector. The voucher holder pays part of the rent, which is determined by the household’s monthly adjusted gross income, the rent Payment Standard for the area, and the units rent. The tenant is not allowed to pay more than 40% of their gross income towards the rent and utilities on an initial lease-up but must pay at least 30% of their gross income. The Montgomery County Housing Authority administers the voucher and, with funds received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), pays the remainder of the rent amount directly to the landlord. The HCV recipient may use the voucher to find a unit in any part of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands after the completion of one year in Montgomery County.

Income Limits