The rules and regulations for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program are determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Housing Authority of the City of Winston-Salem creates policies and procedures for implementing the regulations.

The success of the program depends on the Housing Authority being able to contract with property managers, owners and landlords who have decent, safe and sanitary rental units. The program is designed to be voluntary by property owners. Many low income families in the community rely on property owners to make their units available in order for them to participate in the Section 8 Voucher Program. Without owners, the program could not succeed.

The subsidy that comes with the Section 8 Program helps families to rent in many different neighborhoods. Families may include elderly persons, disabled persons, singles, and families with children-all who do not earn enough to keep pace with rising rental housing costs.

It is the goal of the Housing Authority of the City of Winston-Salem to provide excellent service to the families and owners participating in the Section 8 Program We will make every effort to inform both participants and owners of the program rules and the effect they have.

The Housing Authority of the City of Winston-Salem currently subsidizes approximately 4,400 families with Housing Choice Vouchers. Just as the name implies, families have the "choice" in the selection of their unit in the private market. Single family dwellings, condominiums, apartments, duplexes, and mobile homes that meet rent and inspection guidelines may be eligible.

Families will pay approximately 30 to 40 percent of the monthly adjusted income toward rent and utilities and once the unit has been determined rent-reasonable, the Housing Authority will pay the difference. The family's portion of the rent is paid directly to the owner and the Housing Authority deposits their payment into a bank account designated by the owner. Direct deposit of owner's payments is mandatory.

Due to the number of applicants currently on the Section 8 waiting list and the length of time an applicant must wait to obtain a voucher, the Housing Authority closed the waiting list effective October 1, 2004. Should we receive additional funding, the waiting list will reopen.

If you should have questions regarding the Section 8 Program or how to participate as an owner in the program, please contact Romonda Gaston (336) 727-8500 ext. 155.

The rules and regulations for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program are determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Housing Authority of the City of Winston-Salem creates policies and procedures for implementing the regulations.

The success of the program depends on the Housing Authority being able to contract with property managers, owners and landlords who have decent, safe and sanitary rental units. The program is designed to be voluntary by property owners. Many low income families in the community rely on property owners to make their units available in order for them to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program. Without owners, the program could not succeed.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Qualify as a family
  • Annual income plus income from assets does not exceed the Income Limits Total Tenant Payment does not exceed the current FMR for Forsyth County.
  • No indebtedness to the Housing Authority.
  • No felonious violent criminal act or drug related act within the last four (4) years.
  • No misdemeanor violent criminal act or drug related act within the last one (1) year.
  • Not a registered sex offender.
  • Has not committed fraud, misrepresentation or falsified information. Has not been evicted from any Assisted Housing in the past year (3 years for drug-related activity).
  • Must submit evidence of citizenship or eligible applicant status.
  • Family must not have violated any family obligation during previous participation in the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program in the past 3 years.

Voucher Size based on Family Household Size:

 Household SizeVoucher SizeMaximum Rent Range
1-2 people  1 bedroom $400-$450
 2-4 people 2 bedroom  $450-$550
 4-6 people  3 bedroom  $550-$725
 6-8 people  4 bedroom  $700-$825
 8-10 people  5 bedroom  $800-$925

Maximum rent range is dependent on the participant’s income. The higher their income, the higher in the range they will be eligible.

Local Preferences for the Housing Choice Voucher Program

Preferences are not applicable to the Section 8 programs.

Waiting List:

The Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list is closed indefinitely. Please feel free to click on our Public Housing or Scattered Sites properties for an application.