Section 8 Program

The Lancaster City Housing Authority's (LCHA) Section 8 Program (also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program) became operational in 1978. Currently, we administer up to 1,003 Vouchers, of which 75 are Project-Based. We also administer 22 units of Shelter Plus Care rental assistance. We offer a Family Self-Sufficiency Program that works cooperatively with the community and local agencies in providing services.

The LCHA's Section 8 Voucher Program provides rental assistance to families and individuals with incomes between 30% and 50% of the median income for Lancaster, PA. Income-eligible families may then rent affordable housing on the private market.

Section 8 clients are permitted to choose where they want to live, as long as the rent has been determined to be reasonable, the unit meets the requirements of the Section 8 Program, and passes current inspection standards, and the client will not be paying more than 40% of their income in rent and utilities.

A family's housing needs change over time with changes in family size, job locations, and for other reasons. The Section 8 program is designed to allow families to move without the loss of rental assistance. Moves are permissible as long as the family notifies the Housing Authority ahead of time, terminates its existing lease within the appropriate provisions, and finds acceptable alternate housing.

Section 8 Vouchers are portable anywhere within the United States and its territories as long as there is a Housing Authority operating in the area where the client wants to transfer. To exercise this option you need to check with the issuing Housing Authority for any restrictions.

You can complete an application online by clicking here. As needed, applications are selected randomly for placement on the Section 8 waiting list. Section 8 Vouchers are in great demand but in very short supply. The wait for a Voucher can be very long.

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