What We Do
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, apartments, and manufactured homes.
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 Union Parish Section 8 Housing (UPS8H). USP8H receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the 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 UPS8H 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.
UPS8H currently has an allocation of 114 vouchers.
Also, in January 2021, UPS8H was awarded 40 Mainstream Vouchers: These vouchers are available for disabled non-elderly persons - 18 years to 62 years of age - with a HUD-defined disability. Please Apply Online.
We welcome landlords to participate in the voucher program. Please see the Landlords section for more information.