Section 8 guidelines for unit size

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So, how many bedroom unit are you entitled to as a section
8 voucher holder? It may not be as many as you think. Generally,
it’s two people per room. So if you have two daughters you could
have them live in the same bedroom , and have a bedroom for
yourself. But, let’s say you have a daughter and a son, they would
need seperate bedrooms (especially as teens!). So you need a
bedroom for yourself and one for each child. You could even have
your old aunt betty as part of your household, who would then
require her own bedroom too, which would put you in a four bedroom
situation. Therefore section 8 will take these considerations into
account. Section8 has the following standards to ensure these bases
will be covered. 0 bedrooms (studio) – 1 person 1 bedroom – 1 to 2
people 2 bedroom – 2 to 4 people 3 bedroom – 3 to 6 people 4
bedroom – 4 to 8 people 5 bedroom – 5 to 10 people 6 bedroom – 6 to
12 people

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  1. Starmesha Prater says:

    I want to know can I move in my own apartment at the age 16 with my son. My son is 2 months old.

  2. betania rojas says:

    Can you please tell me If a person receives section 8 in NJ, can the transfer it to Puerto Rico or the USVI?

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      I think it’s possibly, though I’m not certain. Call and find out.

    • No, its only in those places that have a housing authority.

    • tiffisleaving says:

      if you have a federal voucher than YES!! If it is just a statewide voucher than no ;(

  3. Margarita Perez says:

    I currently have section 8 for 2 bd but i was told if i move i have to get a 1bd for my disable 32year old son and myself is that correct

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      Shouldn’t make a difference if you are moving within the same county. If you are moving to another county you have to abide by their rules and you may only qualify for a 1 bedroom there.

    • My voucher is for a two bedroom my son is disabled severe autism I use one of the bedrooms as his class and therapy for Counsoling visits I currently have a 3 bedroom but section 8 reduced to a 2 bed for more money than what I’m paying now
      Does that make any sense to me it don’t sound rite

  4. I two bedroom voucher but found a place in NEVADA for a three bedroom for my voucher price can I get the place if landlord is willing to take it

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      I need more information. Where do you live now?

    • San Bernardino county
      Barstow ca 92311

    • So I do qualify for a three bedroom I will contact my local section 8 office today

    • Catherine says:

      Yes you can. I know for sure that in Jacksonville, FL you are allowed to get however many bedrooms are within your voucher’s amount. However, you are solely responsible for paying the difference of the extra bedroom(s). I hope that this helps you.

  5. I currently live in new braunfels tx and have a 2bd voucher i have a 10yr daughter, 9yr son,8yr daughter, twin 7yr girls. I dont understand why my voucher is for a 2bdrm. Im porting out to houston tx next month. My i receive a larger voucher? 6 people in a 2bdrm doesnt seem right. Even when i have looked for places i was denied over and over because i was told a 2bdrm was incorrect. Please help!!

    • If I may add to your question section 8 makes up their own rules, you shoul be qualified for at least 3 bedroom if not a 4, section 8 change their rules as they go to accomadate those who are in much needed need, I don’t understand it neither I’m having the same problem here in Cali
      I wish you luck hope all goes well for you and your family

    • Rhonda says:

      @Yolli thank you. I will pray for you and your situation that everything goes well. I wont complain even if we are Crammed into a 2bdrm im still thankful to have a roof over our heads.

    • Catherine says:

      Yes Rhonda, that is in a way kind of unbelievable! But, the way that things are getting with these Section 8 Vouchers, I surely can dig it. I know that if you moved here to Jacksonville, FL, you would definitely qualify for at lease a three. As a matter of fact, a four being that here it is two heartbeats to a room, regardless of a age or gender.

    • Rhonda read my posts and sweetheart whatever you do don’t I mean don’t move to Jacksonville Florida any where but here. And I hope you the best in you search of a place for you and yours

  6. Sheila says:

    Can I switch from a four bedroom voucher to a three bedroom? Because of difficult circumstances it has become hard to find a 4 bedroom and we need to move ASAP.

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      You don’t need to downgrade your voucher. Just look for a 3 bedroom and you can use your 4 bedroom voucher there. Your voucher means UP TO 4 bedrooms.

  7. This program is only beneficial to those on government assistance, I’m on low income housing now and section 8 wants to downsize my three bedrom to s two for more money. I am low income, I waited so long to get positive results on getting my two children out of an apartment.
    This is really sad, I am disabled with health problems as well as my son

    • Go to your housing authority and request paper work for your doctor to fill out and have the doctor MAIL IT BACK NO YOU now

  8. chinika says:

    I have 5 bedroom voucher but cant find a place can I use it for 4 bedroom if the landlord is willing to accept?

  9. chinika says:

    Portability specialist at DCA Ga stated if I have a 5 bedroom I have to move in a 5 bedroom it’s so hard to find only room size I see is 4 bedroom and they’re willing to take my voucher

  10. Malinda Smith says:

    We are a family of 4: 1 adult(single mom) and 3 children ages 13,9, and 6. I went to my annual resertifaction meeting and was told I may have to down size. We currently have a 3 bedroom town house, and may have to go to a 2 bedroom something else. My daughters(ages 13,and 9) already share a bedroom, my son (age 6) has his own room, and I have the smallest room as mine. My question is how can we be expected to go to a smaller 2 bedroom, I thought that with having a male child of certain age they could not by federal HUD law be placed with a female child of a certain age. My teenage and almost tween age daughters already are cramped for space, and now my have to go to an even smaller room, how is that a possibility? If you could shed some light on this, it is greatly appreciated. I was hoping to be able to stay in the unit we have, providing the land lord agrees, is that a possibility?

  11. I currently live in Jacksonville Florida and Catherine your information is incorrect. I’m on section 8 with a disabled mother we had to get her doctors to verify that we needed a two bedroom or they was trying to put to adults in a one bedroom. Yes it is two heartbeat to one room here which is so Illegal but no one have the courage to speak up. My cousin who also on section 8 had a two bedroom they made her move into a one bedroom with a 12 year old son. Who does that , but that’s how they doing it now sad but true.

  12. I am currently a single mother attending school I have a section 8 interview this week coming up. I have 5 children boy’s 8, 3 and 2. have two girls age 6 and 11 months. I am in NYC and would like to know how much would my voucher be since I want to start looking now. We are in a 1 bedroom.

    • It all depends on the housing authority in your area do to the two heart beat rule

  13. Valarie says:

    I’m currently living in Ms transferring to Jacksonville, Fla soon I was wondering would my section 8 voucher go up since Florida’s price of living is higher and how much. I have a 2 bedroom voucher.

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      yes the voucher amount will likely go up slightly, depending on county. Check with the local HA in the county you are considering porting to.

    • Only if you have a source of income cause Jacksonville isn’t absorb so Ms have to pay your rent here.

  14. Stephanie says:

    If I am a person who has section8 in the state of Michigan, but have a felonies charge over 7 years old that was caught in Illinois, and I wanted to transfer it back home would that be possible.

  15. derek padilla says:

    Can i add my mother in law that is blind and cannot walk, even though me and my ex wife (her daughter) have split?

  16. Kendell Glinton says:

    I have a daughter who will be coming over for visits every year and will live with me in the future so do I put 1 or 2 in my household?

  17. dominique says:

    im 18 years old and need a place to stay can i aply for section 8 and get a voucher

  18. lin baker says:

    I’m struggling trying to find a 2bd rm house. I.have found 3 bd that are in some cases lower or the same w/ 2. It’s myself n daughter and I’m in Ga and running out of time. I did apts last time and it wasn’t the best. I was wondering if the amount fits into the voucher could I consider a 3bd? I need to turn in my documented by the 30th staying I found something..#yikes#pullinghair

    • Its totally up to the landlord to rent you a three for a two bedroom voucher, but the landlord has to take the door off the room so it won’t be a room it will then be a den or office

  19. Michael Henson says:

    Hi we are having are 1st kid in November. we was looking at an apartment earlier & its only a 1 bedroom. My question is this. Can us being a parent can have the frontroom as our bedroom, and then our child (getting older) be in the bedroom itself?

  20. I have an interview for my voucher next week in PHILADELPHIA and had two questions:

    How can I find out how many bedrooms I can get with a 18 month BOY?

    Can I add my 56 yr old Mother to my household?

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      Probably 1 bedroom. If you are able to add on your mother, you will qualify for a 2 bedroom most likely.

  21. DEE PITTS says:


  22. I was wondering how I go about getting a 2 br. voucher for full time help? I’m in a wheelchair and I’m getting older and I feel I need someone to help me with different things throughout the day and mostly at night. Do I have to get a doctors note? If my aid has another job, does their money get added with mine? It shouldn’t right, cause I will be paying them out of my SSI money??If anyone knows anything about this situation, please let me know, thanks and God bless..

    • Go to your section 8 case worker they should be able to provide you with the paper work, and able the rent part I’m not sure but by that being your healthcare aide who will soon be residing with you I don’t think your rent will charge. Just do the paperwork they’ll let you know what is what. Good luck

  23. Dale Hoff says:

    My friend in California is being forced to move to a 1 bedroom even though she had qualified for 2 bedroom and has her son living with her that is on disability he is over 21 but why should that matter they are different genders! Sounds like discrimination to me

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      I think you need more info before casting judgement.

    • Dale Hoff says:

      Because of the amount of people applying for section 8 housing the section 8 housing department informed my friend they need to free up money to provide the new clients coming on section 8 they could stay and pay the difference of the 2 bedroom Or move to a 1 bedroom. Why would they have to move to free up money for someone else when they qualified for housing to begin with due to their income? It sounds like a strong arm tactic with a lit of discrimination on the side. What more information would you need to come to the conclusion section 8 is in the wrong

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      Never heard of a situation like this. Something sounds off…

    • Dale Hoff says:

      Something sure does sound off she is asking questions of how she can insure her voucher for a 2 bedroom they are not helpful at all. The housing case manager said to her they have made their decision. Ok but every entity has a process a form of appeal a hearing whatever! I told her that’s bogess and she should continue to fight for what has been provided to her for 20 years plus. What can she do ? She doesn’t have money for a lawyer so what should she do?

  24. I have a maricopa county housing voucher. I had 4 children (3 boys 1 girl) and had a 5 bed room voucher because of disabilities with two of my older sons. One room for me one for my daughter and one for each son because the younger son couldn’t share with either of them. When my older son left after becoming an adult, it was lowered to 4 but we were able to stay in the same home because the cost was workable. I moved a year ago to a 4 br home. My younger son still could not stay with the older brother. I qualified for $0 copay and even had some left for utilities. Well, they want to increase my rent $450 because the woman says I only get a three bedroom voucher now or redo all the paperwork that has been on file…as permanent condition….for 13 years. But my son is also now an adult. She wants to count all his income as an adult, but doesn’t want to count him as an adult for voucher size. I am not cohabitant ing with my adult son. He is not cohabitating with younger siblings and I don’t cohabitate with children. From what I read, that alone should qualify me for 4 bedrooms. Am I correct? Thanks

  25. Precious says:

    How big is my voucher for a family of eight I’m trying to move from Minnesota to Texas

  26. Vivienne Sullivan says:

    I live in newhaven,ct i have a 15 year old and a five year old both boys with a two bedroom voucher is it possible to ungrade to a three bedroom voucher.

  27. Melissa Lowe says:

    Live in San Diego WI have a section 8″Choice Communities Voucher” we originally had a 3 Bd voucher and at the time had 4 people in the house that was 7yrs ago.. . Due to cuts the downgraded our Voucher to a 2 bedroom which we understood at the time but we have had 2 children sense then we have 2 teens of opposite sex and two toddler’s of the same sex.. a total of 6 ppl in the house … My question is how do I get them to up my Voucher to a 3 bedroom instead of a 2 bedroom…. I asked for an increase due to Financial hardship because we live in a 3 bedroom and pay the extra rent what my worker told me is because my current unit isn’t overcrowded they will not up my Voucher size…. I am not sure how to get them to pay the 3 bedroom standards…. we have been in this unit for 5 years we had 5 people in the family with our youngest being 3 Mos when we moved in here…. we had another child since thus creating the financial hardship with paying the extra rent. I am wondering do you know if we move will they be forced to increase our voucher size???? Or is there a way I can get them to up our current Voucher to a 3 Bedroom?

  28. My mother and I have a 1 bedroom voucher in NYC. We are trying to get a 2 bedroom apartment and are willing to pay the difference which we have done in the past with our last 2 apartments with no problem from Section 8. Are we allowed to do that still? Will that cause any problems for the landlord? I am asking because we have been told by a prospective landlord and a real estate agent that they aren’t allowed to rent a 2 bedroom apartment to people with a 1 bedroom voucher. This sounds odd to us because we have done it before and have been told in the past by officials at Section 8 that as long as we are not paying more than we are allowed to out of our own pocket (30 to 40% of our income) that it is fine. Has that policy changed in the last few years since we last moved?

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      Sounds like he just doesn’t want to rent to you. You can definitely get a 2 bedroom and pay the difference.

    • Thank you for answering. I’m glad to know that I wasn’t mistaken. One of the real estate agents called back today and told me that she got some clarification from their legal department and that I was right. She’s taking us to look at two places on Wednesday. 😀 I haven’t been able to get a hold of the other agent, but I will give him the number of Section 8 customer service if he says what he did before.

  29. I’m 21 and I have a 3 month old n I’m 3 months pregnant and I don’t want to live with my mom I need help!

    • Go sign up for public housing or look for subsidized housing in your area that goes by your income

  30. It’s true section 8 is telling people they will have to down size. Here in Maryland the (HOA) of every county, is telling all clients the two heart beats per bedroom rule is what is going on. They are telling people that the ages and sex of children don’t matter anymore. I was told this myself, because of budget cuts and that so many are in need of housing they are trying to free up money. I was told that next budget year (2016) these changes would go into effect. Like everyone else I find this very concerning, and am thinking a lot of strong arm tactics are going on. I was also told that they (HOA) could and would not give out any more info until next year. I don’t know if other states are doing this, but it is most certainly happening here in MD!!

    • Yes, it applys to all section 8 all over and, yes by law of the department of children and families its against the law to have a boy and girl of any age to sleep in the same room. But no one is bring it forth and one person can’t just be the only voice everybody needs to start and sign a petition to be heard.

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      That’s not true.

    • What’s not true ????
      If you reapplying to the children different sex sleeping in the same room you really need to do your homework. Cause that’s true you can’t put children of the opposite sex in the same room DCF law I live in Florida that’s been the law for many years

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      Not true. It depends on the ages of the children.

    • Sorry about the half of post yesterday multitasking and post before reading it

      Yes , over five years of ago for it to apply

    • Laws apply different in different states and cities

  31. I applied for low income in clinton and got approved but was put on waiting list how long do you usually have to wait

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      Every county is different. It can range from a few months to decades or longer.

    • Live with my sister and her daughter and her husband really need to get out of there any suggestions

  32. sabrina says:

    Do I qualify for a 3 bedroom on section 8 if my son is older now or if I make enough for a 3 bedroom. ..

  33. Violet bright says:

    1 have 3br voucher and can’t find a apartment with 6 people my sons are 23,12,8 and my daughters are 17,6 and my self no one would take my 3 br voucher

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      That is at the landlords discretion. Keep looking until you find one that does.

  34. How to convert a RM to a den or office..if a united states map is sculpt into the wall..don’t that make it into an office.

  35. How many vouchers in a lifetime am i entitled to?

  36. Chasity says:

    Currently have a 2 bedroom voucher, living in brooklyn. I’m looking to move to nj and found a house that has lots of bedrooms but the landlord is only charging for a 2 bedroom voucher with utilities included. Will this be accepted by section 8? Its 7 bedrooms to be exact. I called essex county and was told that they bill ny since I have a ny voucher. How exactly does that work? They also said they don’t care how many bedrooms as long as it is within my voucher amount. But since they are saying they bill ny how exactly will that go about? I’m very confused over the whole thing. I have not filed any paperwork yet to port out because I am being told one thing from the office in ny and something else from the office in Essex County which is where I am considering moving to. Really want to know more before attempting to port out

  37. D. Motley says:

    Section 8 wants me to give up my 2 bedroom.apt.after.27 years of being here. It was a Mitchell Lama when I moved n. Became private owned/with NYCHA in 2008. Was told at Orientatation that u could keep larger apt/but now want me alone to go into Studio. I have worked live alone n a beautiful about. Been here 39 years. .Was also told.U could keep larger apt/ but I would pay Excess rent. This is no problem. I want to Definetly keep my 2 bedroom.w/terrace. I receive SS. HELP!
    *** What is a tenant Voucher?

  38. john foe says:

    Can my son work. He is 16 and im under section 8. If section 8 finds out he works will their be more money added to the rent or something. Will there be something wrong with section 8 that im violating. Let me know what will happend

  39. My mother on my section 8 as just a ride I can put or take her off anytime, my question is I’m porting out but I’m not taking her with me should I take her off before my appointment cause my voucher is based upon her income jha won’t use my income cause I have not been work 90 days

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      Just explain it to them in person at your appt.

    • Problem is I’m porting to another city and they may want her to come or they may not , I really need to know cause she’s disable and can’t make unnecessary trips .

  40. Hi. I’m about to go in for my section 8 eligibility in DeKalb County Ga and I have 3 kids…they are two girls ages 12 and 10 and a son who is 1. How many bedrooms will I likely get? Also, if I were to only get a 2 bed voucher and I find a house that is a 3 bedroom is up to the landlord to accept the voucher or is it housing’s decision? If they say 2 bed voucher…is that my ONLY option? Im praying for a 3 bed voucher because I have been promising my girls their own room.

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      Not certain on that counties unit guidelines. Could be 2 or 3 bedroom. If you do get a 2 bedroom you can get a 3 bedroom (or higher) if your landlord agrees. Your co-pay will obviously be higher in that case.

  41. Katie Jones says:

    In Ohio, need assistance defining bedroom specifications: is a bedroom defined as a room having a closet in it and do finished and heated attics and basements count as a bedroom????

    • A room is considered a bedroom if it has a door on it. Basement and attics are not consider as bedrooms

    • A room is considered a bedroom if it has a door on it. Basement and attics are not consider as bedrooms

  42. bonita meadows says:

    i currently live in san diego. i wanted to know how much my voucher will be and how many bedrooms am i eligible for since i have a son thats 5 and daughter thats 10 whom is going thru changes

  43. Hey. What’s some things that can disqualify a person? I just got at top of list and just sent in have income that doesn’t exceed the limits(no where near) and I don’t have a criminal record or anything. I should be good right?

  44. i live in san diego…….how many bedrooms do i qualify for being that im the only adult with 2 children ages 5 and 10 of opposite sex?

    • Two it use to be three do to opposite sex children had separate rooms, now its two heartbeats per rooms

  45. hi, I have a 2 bedroom voucher with 2 boys and am expecting another baby I want to move from where I am but should I wait until the baby comes since my voucher size will go up to a 3 bedroom?

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      Your voucher size may not go up.

    • I’m sorry but your voucher size will not change do to a new issue to the family its two heart beats per room . Now you can find a landlord who will let you get a three bedroom with a two bedroom voucher at the same amount as a two or you split the difference. Good luck

  46. Gracious One says:

    Hi. Im in Va with a 2bdrm voucher originally from ny, where i was getting a 1bdrm for me and my 3yr old son. Well now he’s 5, he’ll be 6 in march. So i just ported my voucher to nj and I would like to know if I qualify for a 2bd in newark, nj as well? I saw that if its the opposite sex they are supposed to…

  47. What happens if I get married while on section 8 will they kick me off? and how long do I have to report it and how soon will they find out if I do marry?

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      Depends on the income of your spouse. You’ll have to declare it on your annual re-certification papers.

    • How long do I have to report it

    • They will find out so do report it so you won’t get kicked out , they will do a background check on your husband/ wife to make sure no felonies and no priors. They then will add his / her income to your and there you go.

  48. I just had a baby a month ago and live with my mother who is in the process of applying for SS…there for no-one has an income at the moment. . . I applied a few days ago because my area recently opened up there list and is doing a lottery…my mentor told me I probably won’t get accepted because no-one has an income. Is this true?

  49. I receive disability and have had a voucher for 15 years. I have only lived in two units through this time . I now have to move for this house has sold . My question is when my voucher was issued I was claimed disabled due to several head injuries and several losses of family members . I was able to maintain in this resident because there was basically no change in my routine . However in the past few months I lost another two members of my family bad health, and the loss of my home of all these years. My doctor highly recommended I try to have a companion live with me to assure my depression and simple needs are taken care of . After giving my housing specialist his letter and my explaining that my only trust would be a friend who is also on disability . I have been unable to ask or get any of my questions heard . I was told I had to have him listed on my voucher as a 24/7 companion and his income and application had to be added. I have so many concerns and questions but because I misunderstood the exact form of a question I’ve been acused of being a lier. We corrected the information as honest as was expected but after waiting for several days we were told I didn’t sign all forms , after that all week end and the entire Monday I called her with a Nasty response I had signed on wrong line . This has wasted several of my 60 day limitation for locating a place and my companion is having second thoughts to what he thought was for my behalf. His income has been added on and I can’t get any answers on if this is going to be the best solution for myself and him. I read on here you can add even your old aunt bless on your voucher, does the same rules apply? Because I was told his income had to be included and he had to be there 24/7 .
    I was belittled to the point of despaire . I can not seem to get any information on what my rights are as a disabled person . Or if I will be comfortable having a full time person in my space after so many years of being alone . What happens if he decides to move out , or I don’t like his habits what happens then ? Who will ans. these for me before we both lose our current status ? Please help me !

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