HUD Programs
Public Housing
Public Housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single-family houses to high rise apartments for elderly families. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing, and managing these developments.

Instructions for
Completing Application


Please provide all information for all family members. Please provide Social Security Numbers for all children, if available.


Please complete this information using your current address.


When completing wage and benefit information, please indicate if the figures you provide are yearly or monthly income.

The Montana Department of Commerce

Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Program for Housing

…is a way to help you with rental costs.
It may help you afford a better place to live.
The program pays your landlord part of your monthly rent.


1. Your household includes one of the following:

  • A single person 62 years of age or older, a single person who is disabled or handicapped, a singleperson who is pregnant, or a single person
  • Persons who are handicapped, disabled or 62 years of age or older who live with other persons alsohandicapped, disabled or over 62, or who live with someone who takes care of them
  • Persons displaced by governmental action or natural disaster
  • Yourself and one or more family members


2. Your total household income is not over program limits

Section 8
The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the PHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.