“Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. § 1437f), often called Section 8, as repeatedly amended, authorizes the payment of rental housing assistance to private landlords on behalf of approximately 4.8 million low-income households, as of 2008, in the United States.”
There are different names for this program, voucher program, low income housing assistance, rent assist. There are also different entities that administer the money, some of our tenants have city rent assist and some have county rent assist. The details can be different regionally since although the money originates from the Federal Government its administered locally.
Generally, low income people with a voucher will only have to pay up to 30 percent of their income for rent and the rest is covered. The tenant initiate the process and the government stays involved for the entirety.