Introduction. Section 8 Housing Was The First Subsidized

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Introduction Section 8 housing was the first subsidized tenant-based housing program in the U.S. The program was established under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. It differed from the known public housing program by allowing recipients to obtain housing from the private market as opposed to government owned housing. Later after merging two aspects of the section 8, certificates and vouchers, section 8 housing program became known as the Housing Choice Voucher program (HCV). Housing Choice Voucher Program is the largest form of federal housing assistance in the U.S. and it is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HCV program requires recipients to obtain housing from the…show more content…
This social program demonstration took place in twelve locations starting in the year of 1971 and ending by 1980. Nearly fifty thousand families were assisted with cash allowances (US House, 2003). The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 authorized the Section 8 program with 2 components, Section 8 project-based assistance for existing, newly constructed or rehabilitated housing and the Section 8 existing housing program, a newly created housing assistance program to be administered by PHAs provided tenant-based subsidies. Rental voucher program was first authorized as a demonstration program by Congress in 1984. The program, then, was formally authorized as a program in the Housing and Community Development Act of 1987. Conversion to the HCV program from the rental voucher and rental certificate programs started on October 1st in 1999. All certificate tenancies and rental vouchers became subject to the HCV program requirements (Hartung and Henig, 1997). (Jana Beller) Section 8 Programs The U.S. government provides housing assistance to low-income families and individuals through different programs, two of them are: Section 8 tenant-based subsidies (also called Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program); and Section 8 project-based assistance, under which property owners receive government subsidies to decrease rents (Carlson). The
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