The Section 8 Program was enacted as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, which amended the U.S. Housing Act of 1937. Administration of the Section 8 Housing Program and the functions and responsibilities of the Fayette County Housing Authority shall be in compliance with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 8 Regulations, as well as all Federal, State, and Local Laws and Regulations. 

The purpose of the Section 8 Program is to provide rental assistance to eligible low income families, and help them become more successful at obtaining affordable housing and increasing their housing choices. 

The Section 8 Program is a three-way partnership between the Housing Authority, the family, and the owner or landlord. In order for the Section 8 Program to be successful, each partner must do the following: 


  • Review all applications to determine whether an applicant is eligible for the Program.
  • Explain all the Rules of the Program to all families who qualify.
  • Issue a Voucher, and if necessary, assist the family in finding a place to live (Reasonable Accommodation Policy).
  • Approve the unit, the owner, and the tenancy.
  • Make Housing Assistance Payments to the owner in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that both the family and unit continue to qualify under the Program.
  • Ensure that owners and families comply with the Program Rules.
  • Provide families and owners with prompt, professional service.