What is the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is the federal government’s major program for assisting low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

Families or individual participants are able to find their own housing including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

A family or individual that is issued a housing choice voucher (Section 8) is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program requirements.

Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the Cloquet Housing and Redevelopment Authority (CHRA).

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the CHRA on behalf of the family or individual. The family pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount paid by the CHRA.