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What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8, is a rent assistance program subsidized by the federal government. Renton Housing Authority administers the program in Renton from our main office.


How does the program work?

The program allows low-income tenants to rent market-rate apartments, houses, or other multi-family units from private landlords. Tenants pay between 30 and 40 percent of their household’s income toward rent and utilities. Renton Housing Authority pays the difference directly to the landlord. Because tenants always pay a percentage of their income, instead of a fixed amount, their home remains affordable to them even if their income decreases.


What is the role of the Renton Housing Authority?

The Renton Housing Authority pays a portion of the rent directly to the landlord, after ensuring that the unit meets Housing Quality Standards. RHA is also responsible for making sure tenants follow program rules and remain eligible for the program. Landlords are responsible for enforcing the lease just as they would with any other tenant. Both landlords and tenants have the rights and responsibilities set out under the Landlord-Tenant law.


What are Payment Standards?

A “Payment Standard” is used to calculate the maximum monthly housing assistance payment for a Family.  RHA establishes Payment Standard amounts for each unit size.


RHA adopts a Payment Standard schedule for each Fair Market Area in RHA’s jurisdiction. The Payment Standard is based on HUD’s published Fair Market Rental, or FMR, in the area.


The Payment Standard for a Family is the lower of:


The Payment Standard amount for the Family unit size; or

The Payment Standard amount for the size of the dwelling unit rented by the Family.
























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