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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program assists low-income families in Jackson County with renting privately owned homes and apartments. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). JHC contracts with HUD to offer housing services in Jackson County. Under the program, JHC pays a percentage of the participants’ rent to the landlord, and the participant is responsible for paying the balance.

The participant chooses where he or she wants to live, providing the unit meets the requirements of the program. All units are inspected by JHC to assure that they meet Housing Quality Standards for safe and healthy living.

The rules and regulations for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program are determined by HUD. The purpose of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is to provide rental assistance to eligible low-income families so they can rent from a private-market landlord. If eligible, participants may rent an apartment, duplex, town home, or single family home.

Section 8 Application Process and Waiting List

The Section 8 Waiting list is currently CLOSED. No applications are currently being accepted. 

JHC establishes a Waiting List for all applicants for the Housing Choice Voucher program. New applications are only accepted once the Waiting List is open. When the Waiting List is open, instructions on how to submit an application are advertised on this website, in the local newspaper and throughout the city. At the end of the application period, JHC conducts a public lottery to determine the applicant’s placement on the Waiting List.

JHC contacts participants by mail when their lottery numbers are reached. Participants are required to attend an interview and submit documentation. Failure to do so will remove you from the Waiting List.

JHC receives numerous applications; it may take some time to reach all participants with news of the status of their application.

Contact information

  • For more information, please contact our director or a manager (listed below) at (517) 787-6326, or fax (517) 787-3255.
  • Shari Boyce, Director
  • Catherine Greer, Housing Specialist
  • Geanee Davis, Housing Specialist