Section 8

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program - Section 8

ATTENTION: As of December 31, 2012 THA is no longer issuing Section 8 vouchers to new participants. All new vouchers will be issued under the HOP subsidy effective January 1, 2013.

Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) helps people pay for housing they find and rent from private owners. Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Housing Choice Voucher Program is the nation's largest rental subsidy program. It used to be called the Section 8 Program. 

In the Section 8 program, the family pays the difference between what THA pays and the total of the rent and utilities. The family's share of the rent is generally between 30% and 40% of its monthly-adjusted income. The tenant pays this share directly to the landlord. THA pays the landlord its share of the rent. After the first year, a family may choose to pay more than 40%. Through the HCV Program, THA makes over $25 million in rent payments each year to many hundreds of landlords on behalf of more than 3,500 families in Tacoma and Pierce County.

Click here for THA's Utility Allowance Schedule [PDF]