Section 8

The Section 8 program is a federal housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program subsidized rental assistance to meet the housing needs of qualified income persons.  

Eligibility for the Section 8 housing program is determined primarily by the applicants' income and household size. Families, elderly, disabled/ handicapped people and single people may be eligible.  

The City of Miami participates in both the Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program which is a project-based program where the assistance is given to eligible participants occupying specific multi-family apartment buildings, and in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which is a tenant-based program in which the participants can choose the unit where they will live.



For more information about the program, please click in one of the categories listed below:  

  1. Information for Current Section 8 Clients
  2. Information for Waitlist Applicants                
    1. Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Waitlist 
    2. Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) Waitlist 
  3. Information for Landlords

You can also call the Section 8 hotline at 305-416-1927


Information for Current Section 8 Clients

If you are a currently a Section 8 client with the City of Miami and are looking for a residence, you may go to www.gosection8.com (1-866-466-7328) or www.socialserve.com (1-877-428-8844) for an up-to-date listing of available properties. All Section 8 properties are inspected regularly for compliance to federal Housing Quality Standards regulations.  

Also, if you have rental property within our jurisdiction you wish to list with our office, please do so at www.gosection8.com (1-866-466-7328) or www.socialserve.com (1-877-428-8844).  

Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
Rights involving your apartment 
Rights involving resident organizations
Rights involving nondiscrimination 
Responsibilities to your property owner or management agent
Responsibilities to the project and to your fellow residents 
Section 8 landlord outreach guide    

Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

You as a resident (tenant) have rights and responsibilities that help make your HUD-assisted housing a better home for you and your family. As part of the dedication of HUD and the City of Miami to maintaining the best living environment for all residents, the following is encouraged and supported:  

Along with your owner/management agent, you play an important role in making your place of residence""the unit (apartment), the grounds, and other common areas""a better place to live and in creating a community you can be proud of.


Your Rights  

As a resident of a HUD-assisted multifamily housing project, you should be aware of your rights.  

Involving Your Apartment

Involving Resident Organizations

Involving Nondiscrimination

The right to equal and fair treatment and use of your building's services and facilities, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status (children under 18), national origin (ethnicity or language), or in some circumstances, age.  

Your Responsibilities  

As a resident of a HUD-assisted multifamily housing project, you also have certain responsibilities to ensure that your building remains a suitable home for you and your neighbors. By signing your lease, you and the owner/ management company have entered into a legal, enforceable contract. You and the owner/management company are responsible for complying with your lease, house rules, and local laws governing your property. If you have any questions about your lease or do not have a copy of it, contact your management agent or the City of Miami.  

To Your Property Owner or Management Agent

To the Project and to Your Fellow Residents


Information for Landlords    

 If you are interested in becoming a Section 8 landlord, the following information will help you understand the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program:

City of Miami Section 8 Landlord Outreach 

Also, if you have rental property within our jurisdiction you wish to list with our office, please do so at www.socialserve.com on the web or by calling 1-877-428-8844.

About the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA)  "" What Section 8 Landlords/Owners Need to Know   

On March 7, 2013, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act 2013 (VAWA 2013) was signed into law. VAWA 2013 protects individuals who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, regardless of sex, gender identity or sexual orientation, from being denied housing assistance on the basis of, or as a direct result of, the applicant or resident being a victim. A final rule, effective December 2016, implements the requirements of VAWA 2013. The law was enacted to ensure that Housing Authorities and Landlords/Ownersof HUD-Assisted Housing (Section 8) are consistent with HUD's nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements. To ensure that owners/landlords are compliant with this VAWA Final Ruling, please see the NOTICE OF LANDLORD RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA), as issued by US HUD.

You can find HUD's final VAWA rule, in its entirety, at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/16/2016-25888/violence-against-women-reauthorization-act-of-2013-implementation-in-hud-housing-programs


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