low-income families and individuals, Section 8 housing is an economical
way to live in an affordable and safe home. Follow these steps to apply
for Section 8 housing in South Carolina.
· Prior tax records
· Proof of Income
· Proof of U.S. citizenship
· HUD-approved housing
|For more information
and for applications:
State Housing Finance & Development Authority
300-C Outlet Pointe Blvd.
Columbia, South Carolina 29210
Phone: (803) 896-8888
Fax: (803) 551-4900
Before beginning the application process, make sure you qualify for Section
8/public housing in your area. To qualify, your income must be below 50
percent of your areaís median income (Click HERE
for SC's standards). Elderly and disabled individuals are also eligible.
You must also be a U.S. citizen or have an eligible immigrant status. Finally,
your previous rental history must be without flaws in order to receive
a voucher for Section 8 housing.
Make sure you have the documentation you will need to complete your application
for Section 9 housing; this includes birth certificates, pay stubs, tax
Obtain an application from the public housing authority (PHA) that administers
Section 8 housing in your area. Be advised that most areas have waiting
lists over one year long, so it is a good idea to apply early.
Once you receive the application, fill it out in writing. Please note that
typed applications are not accepted. In order for your application to be
considered complete, you will need to document the names of everyone who
will be living in the house; your current address and phone number; your
specific circumstances (i.e., why you are applying for Section 8 housing);
previous rental history with names of landlords and their addresses; your
householdís estimated yearly income; name and address of your banking institution;
and, finally, verification from your employer. An interview may also be
required in order to receive a voucher for Section 8 housing.
Once you move to the top of the waiting list, you will receive a voucher
that can be used to obtain Section 8 housing. You will have 60 days to
find housing that meets the HUDís Housing Quality Standards, has rent comparable
to similar other housing units and whose owner is willing to participate
in the Section 8 housing program.
Once you have received a voucher, contact us to find a home that will meet