Rental Assistance for Mississippi



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How can I get rental assistance in Mississippi?

Rental assistance application programs in the United States are for citizens that are of a low income status. Section 8 is the most popular and oldest form of rental assistance in Mississippi or anywhere in the U. S. HUD is the Federal agency that funds the Housing Choice Voucher Program. A HUD application is really for Section 8. There is no actual HUD or low income housing application, unless one is referring to Public Housing. The terminology can be confusing because there are a variety of programs.

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The real difficulty in applying for Section 8 in Jackson, Mississippi, is finding a PHA that has an open waiting Section 8 waiting list. The application process is free for all applicants. In order to qualify for these programs, one must fall within HUD’s median low income level.

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What is Public Housing?

Public housing is a rental assistance program ran by the Jackson, Mississippi housing authority. It allows a tenant to live in an apartment complex that is owned by the housing authority. The tenant will pay about 30% of their monthly income towards rent. What is Section 8? The Housing Choice Voucher Program, or Section 8 program allows the tenant to choose their dwelling. It could be a house or apartment. The landlord will have to qualify to accept the Section 8 voucher. The applicant will of course have to apply for Section 8 and be accepted. Applicants that are merely on an open Section 8 waiting list, are not receiving benefits.

How can I qualify for Section 8 rental assistance in Mississippi?

Because Section 8 is not considered an entitlement benefit, everyone who qualifies for a housing voucher doesn’t necessarily receive one. According to recent estimates, only about 25 percent of the families qualifying for aid receive it. In many areas, qualified families face fierce competition for vouchers. Waiting lists are often long. Because of huge demand, some local housing authorities have even stopped accepting applications entirely. For example, over 2,300 families could be on the Jackson Mississippi open Section 8 waiting list. Recipients are chosen from the waiting list by a monthly Section 8 lottery application until the list is exhausted, the application process is closed

Get rental assistance in Mississippi – PHA’s:

Biloxi Housing Authorities
Corinth Housing Authority
Iuka Housing Authority
Housing Authority of the City of Meridian
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority IV
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VI
Oxford Housing Authority
Tupelo Housing Authority