What is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?
Section 8 is a federally funded Housing Assistance Program which offers rental assistance (subsidy) for Elderly, Disabled and Single Families who qualify under the very low-income guidelines. The Housing Authority administers this program under the regulations and guidelines of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Housing Authority currently offers the Housing Choice Voucher Program which has been successful because it provides the participant with the opportunity to choose the type of rental unit and neighborhood that will meet their interests and needs. Families may also take their housing assistance with them when they move which enables participants to pursue employment and educational opportunities, to be reunited with their friends and family, and to live in a better climate.
How do I know if I am on a housing waitlist that is managed by Bremerton Housing Authority? I understand I may not be on the Section 8 Waitlist but may be on the Public Housing or other Waitlists managed by Bremerton Housing Authority.
Click here to check the waitlist.
Is there an application fee to apply to be on the waitlist?
There is never a charge to apply for any Bremerton Housing programs. If you have been asked to pay it is a scam.
Who can apply?
Anyone can apply to the waitlist. One application per head of household will be accepted. Duplicate applications will not be processed.
You must have a social security number or an alternate ID issued by BHA.
Contact BHA directly to obtain an alternate ID.
You must have a valid email address.
Who is Eligible?
You must be 18 or an anticipated adult to be eligible for assistance.
All adult residing in the subsidized unit must pass a criminal background check. BHA may deny assistance based on information reported in the back ground check.
Automatic denials could be but are not limited to the following:
- A felony conviction in the past 3 years.
- Charges stemming from methamphetamine production.
- Applicant is required to register as a sex offender.
You do not have to be a US citizen to apply but you need to be a citizen or have eligible immigration status to receive assistance.
The Section 8 Program has income limits. The total gross annual income must be within these limits at move-in:
Income Limits: Eligible families must have income at or below 80% the current income limits at the time of voucher issuance. HUD requires 75% of new admissions be at or below 30% medium income.
* Please note that these income limits change every year and they may be different when a household's name comes up on the waitlist.
Apply for Section 8 Waitlist
The Section 8 waitlist is currently closed.
Once the applications have been collected, BHA will randomly pick 300 applications to be placed on the waitlist. Keeping the waitlist small will be more efficient and manageable for the housing staff. With a smaller waitlist families will be processed faster and the waitlist will open more frequently. Once the 300 applicants are placed on the waitlist, each applicant will receive an email notifying them their placement. BHA will pull and process each application based on their ranking order. When the waitlist is exhausted BHA will reopen the waitlist and repeat the process.
If your name is placed on the waitlist any changes to your application must be reported to BHA in writing or via email prior to issuance.