Section 8 Program Overview
Section 8 vouchers help people with low incomes rent homes on the private market. Most tenants pay between 28 and 40 percent of their income for rent and utilities. KCHA covers the rest, paying a fixed amount each month based on the tenant's income. If a tenant pays for utilities, we also provide them with a monthly energy assistance supplement.
KCHA does not have specific limits on the amount of rent you can charge. However, the rent must compare to similar units in the area. The rent amount may also vary based on the tenant's income level. You may not charge tenants with vouchers more than other tenants.
Program benefits include:
- A new way to find tenants and fill vacant units.
- Guaranteed, on-time payment of KCHA's share of the rent.
- Stable rent. If a tenant's income drops, KCHA can increase its share to ensure that you continue to receive the full rent.
- Minimal paperwork. You can use your own lease and screening criteria.
- KCHA-provided inspections. Find and fix problems to help ensure your property's resale value and make it easier to lease the unit after the tenant moves out.
Voucher-holders can rent from any landlord willing to take part in the program. You are not required to participate. You can read about the program in more detail in the Landlord Handbook (PDF).