Home Applying for Public Housing FAQs Questions for Section 8 Residents

Q: What is the Section 8 Program?

 A: Section 8 is a Federal housing program which provides rental assistance to low-income and moderate income families.


Q: Am I qualified for the Section 8 Program?

 A: To qualify for Section 8 Program, your income must be below 50% of the Area Median Income established by HUD.  Please refer to the income limits chart by clicking here.


Q: Can I apply?

A: Anyone can apply. Working people are encouraged to apply. Eligibility for Section 8 Programs is determined by the following preferences:

  • Involuntarily displaced from a dwelling unit in the municipality of Lowell, by natural disaster, by fire, by unwarranted landlord action, and by government action including capital programs of the LHA.
  • Working head of household or working spouse or person 62 years or older or a person unable to work because of the extent of his or her disability.
  • A legal resident of Lowell, or a person working in Lowell an average of 20 hours a week or more, or a person with a job offer to work in Lowell with a minimum of 20 hours a week of work.
  • A victim of domestic violence who has been relocated as verified by the police.
  • A veteran as verified by the Department of Veteran Affairs.


Q: Where Do I Go To Apply?

A: Currently, the Section 8 Waiting List is closed.  When the list re-opens for applications, notices will be published in local newspapers and on our website.  Please check back at a later date.


Q: How much rent will I have to pay when I am on Section 8 Program?

A: How much you pay for rent varies based on your income. The program requires you to pay a minimum of 30% and a maximum of 40% of your adjusted monthly income.