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FAQ #1: Can a convicted felon get Section 8?

One of the most frequently asked question is can a convicted felon qualify for Section 8?


The answer depends on a number of factors and the type of felony conviction. The application process for section 8 does necessitate a criminal background check so it is a pertinent question.

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There are 2 felonies that will exclude you from obtaining a section 8 voucher forever; If you have a lifetime registration on the sex registry or if you sold meth anywhere near public housing facilities. If you already have section 8 and commit one of these felonies you will have your voucher revoked immediately and will never be eligible again.

Any other felony is really on a case by case basis. Most counties will typically allow you into the program if the felony was not committed in the past 5 years. It can be less if you attended Rehab and received a certificate of compliance.

One thing to note is even if you are accepted into the section 8 program, potential landlords can (and usually do) also require their own background check and may not rent to you if you have any convictions on your record. Though that also is on a case by case basis.

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  1. can you please send me application for section 8 i need 2bedroom at 184 concord street rahway nj 07065

  2. getting married in a month. was wondering since my fiance is a convicted felon and we want o move in together will I lose my section 8? I live in California. He has a GBI, but only did 6 months in jail. He got sentenced 5 years probation but is due to be off June this summer. I need help!

  3. You go to housing authority office in ur county. Look it up online. And to the last comment – reread the article ur answer is there

  4. I am a Representative payee for a mentally disabled person who has filled out and applied for Section 8 housing in Minnesota. He was told most ecently that he never lived in Public Housing(this is untrue, and he has proof), and that his name never got entered into the pool to receive Section 8 housing and that his name will not be entered into the pool. Who does he need to talk to for help in this situation. It has been 12+ years of waiting for Section 8 housing voucher and now he’s being denied for what reason??? He is not a felon, sex offender, or had anything to do with drug elated incidents. He is an African American with Mental Disabilities who is in need of assistance to eraticate this issue.

  5. My fiance comes home in june possibly even earlier if released on ctp if accepted n february. my question is I’m on section eight now. Im afraid I will I lose my section 8 if i allow him to move in with us. his conviction was for a class B felony theft & burglary it’s not a serious crime but serious enough to throw him Iin the slammer for four and a half years he’s going to soon be coming home but now I need to know if I will be able to allow him to live in our home being we are on section 8. It took us ten years to finally get approved and get a house. Weve been thriugh so much and we want to be a famiky again but I dont want to loose everything ive worked so hard to finally get… Please can u help to enlighten my greif.

    • Tricky situation. If you add him on the official section 8, you most likely will NOT qualify any longer. If you have him move in secretly without informing section 8, you risk getting caught and thrown out of the program, likely forever.

      I would NOT risk it.

  6. My name is Jessica Cooper and I live in Tallahassee, Fl. and I’ve been trying to apply for section 8 down here but I keep getting denied. I have some drugs charges on my record from ten years ago that they says stop me from getting the place. How long do I have to wait because I am a single parent looking for a place to live.

    • Most counties will allow you to qualify if the conviction is more than 5 years old.

  7. I was recently found guilty on 2 accounts of welfare fraud. However untrue it is that I was purposely fraudulent, it’s still two felonies. I am ordered to pay back $4000 for the overpayment of foodstamps. This just happened last month. I am on probation but no jail time. Would I be eligible for section 8 housing or any kind of assisted housing since it’s a crime against the government? I lost my job over this mess and am having a hard time finding another one. I would live alone except for my daughter on the weekends? Don’t want to waste my time with paperwork or the embarrassment to only be turned down. Could you please enlighten me? ThanksThanks

    • Sorry to hear that. Where do you live? Most section 8 waiting lists are so long it would be years before you would be considered anyway and by that point your felony will be years old.

  8. ok so can a person with a conspiracy to distribute meth felony over 5 years ago apply and get approved? the felony was not near any low income housing…

  9. Hello…While on section 8 I was charged with a felony (shoplifting) charge 6 years ago in VA. The charge was later dropped to a misdemeanor 3 years ago I was evicted from my apt because i didn’t report the charge. I told her i didn’t think i had to report it because it wasn’t a felony conviction. Can i still re- apply for section 8 ???can you suggest any other programs???

    • Doubtful. But you can try section 42. I have an article about it on this site.

  10. Someone that just came up for section 8 in Jefferson County (BMT, Tx) in that meanwhile pled guilty to a felony assult charge….about six months ago…& taking court order Anger managment and Probation…. The interview is nearing very soon….Is it best to inform the caseworker before they process the background check???? & will the assult keep the individual from getting on any type of Government housing for the first time??? Thanks.

  11. I’ve called my local pha agency and was told not to even bother to apply because we would be denied because of my fiancés misdemeanor charge for marijuana in 2011.. We have a one and a half month old son. Is there anything we could do to qualify? Or are we out of luck??

    • Try calling again and speaking with someone else. A misdemeanor drug charge from 2011 should NOT exclude you from getting section 8 benefits.

  12. I have a felony on my record from almost 9 years ago. It was an aggr assault out in Az. I was trying to commit suicide but was charged with aggr assault against a police office. Couldn’t fight it…if I lost I was facing 10 1/2-21 yrs. So I took a 4 yr plea bargain. NO choice. So how and where do I loo for housing on a very low income (SSI) in Orange County, Ca.? I have found it to be extremely hard. Will section 8 take me me since it’s been so long? Never been in trouble with the law before or after and I was 51 yrs old when arrested. I am now 60. I am NO danger to anyone at my age! Please give me some advise. Thank you!

    • Should not be a problem at all at this point. You will be considered as any other citizen who applies.

  13. I got a charge in 2002 for felony possession of Marijuana I was 18 I am now 31. However I was never officially convicted till 2012 where I ended up on probation for a 10yr old charge it has now be 13 yrs. I live in ky will I be eligible I have no other charges. Just paid price for getting car with someone I didn’t know to well!!

  14. If my boyfriend had a drug misdemeanor about 10 years ago and hasn’t had any other arrest since will that disqualify us for section 8 ? It was for amphetamines i believe. We’re in California

  15. Both my children 16, 23 are Charged with a felony I’m currently on section 8 in Charlotte NC. Will that be a problem for me. Thanks

  16. My boyfriend wants to get added on my section 8 and he has a felony so I was wondering if I could add him to my voucher.

  17. Hello. I have a question me n my boyfriend been thinkin about getting married but im kind of hesitant because he has a felony charge if i do decide to marry him will that affect my housing

  18. My daughter, her two young sons and I are thinking to move from WNY to McKinney, Texas maybe June or July of next year, what is the wait list for that area and how do we get on? Thank you

    • It varies by location. Contact your local HA and ask but most wait times are a few years.

  19. My boyfriend was charged with something that would disqualify him, but not convicted, case was dropped, can they hold this against him?

  20. I was convicted of gross sexual imposition and felonious assault 29 years ago when I was eighteen. I did 1 year in jail with no probation. This was in 1986. Does that disqualify me from getting section 8?

  21. Hi I was wondering I am recently in the process of being convicted of unlawful use of a weapon was wondering if as long as I comply with court if I was excepted to be on my gf HUD still?

  22. i have a question..i have a deadly conduct w/ a firearm felony charge from 4 years in a half ago will that disqualify me ?

    • You’re right on the cusp of the 5 year period. I wouldn’t worry about it.

  23. I have a voucher in Va. Can I add my fiance’ to my household, whom had a misdomeanor marijuana posession a year ago for the first time?

  24. My son has custody of his 4 year old son. He lives in Virginia and his child’s mother lives in another state. My son has a felony dui from 2011. Will this disqualify him from section 8?

  25. ive been qualified for section 8 and have my list for apartments ,since housing has accepted me with my felony from 4 in a half years ago.am i still goin to have problems with the apartments section8 with accepting me when i put a application at the apartments? or do they not look into that since ive already been accepted

  26. Nelson Rosen I have a question are you a representative for housing I see you answered a lot of questions. If so my 17,went to the station at age 13, wrongfully accused charges was thrown out,, and at 17 he was caught in a stolen car with his friend but his friend had keys he didn’t know the car was stolen, but that too, was thrown out no charges will my voucher be taken

    • Lol. I’m not a representative for housing, I just run this site:)

      Your voucher should be fine. Don’t worry.

  27. Hi I live in nj, I have neighbors on section 8, they are horrible neighbors. they’ve harassed me and my children this last 6 yrs. They don’t mow their lawn. I’ve written letters to the housing authority, there are criminal harassment charges pending against them. What constitutes a removal through the housing authority?? I’m aware of rules in the acceptance of government subsidies. What are the rules for?? Enough for removal.

  28. Hi quick question my boyfriend soon be fiance is incarcerated and gets out in jan next yr he’s been in since 2011 he wants to be paroled to my house in pa. Will they allow it or will my voucher be taken. He is in there for a gun charge but didnt use it just to scare the person.

  29. Me and my boyfriend both have past felonies and misdemeanors. We’ve both completed rehab and are expecting the baby this year. We are both currently on probation will being on probation disqualify us from section 8? No sexual offense charges or meth charges. Could I apply for myself and baby with no income I’m waiting on my disability. Thanks Nelson! 🙂

  30. Hello, my fiancee and i are relocating from san antonio to corpus soon and we are having a really hard time trying to find a place. I have a broken lease and my fiancee has a felony from 2010. Is it possible for us to qualify for assistance. I have spoken to several locators and they state no apartment will ever take us. We are getting desperate since we are in no position to buy a house. And we are being turned away by both apartments and rental house.

    • Are you currently on section 8? if not, it will take years most likely. So unfortunately no immediate assistance.

  31. FYI: Each housing authority has their own set of “Administration” rules which they rely heavily on because they are a set of “governing” rules for the agency. Each set of “Admins” are different; however, each case is different also. For instance, in Indianapolis, IN a person with a felony CANNOT obtain a voucher for housing assistance. If a parent has a child 18+ Living in there house who becomes a felon, they will have to remove them immediately or go up for termination. A felon CANNOT be released to the address being occupied by a section 8 recipient for probation or house arrest at any time and if they do it anyway the person will be terminated and charges filed against them for receiving federal funds while aiding a criminal currently being monitored by the criminal system.

    With that being said, I’m sure most cities/states have similar rules with some bring a little (and I use that term loosely) more lenient then others. The only difference I would bet on is allowing a criminal with a petty theft charge obtain a voucher, oh, and the numbers of years that has passed when the person first obtained the felony (7-10+). So, a persons best bet is to call the housing authority in your area and ask the proper questions because when I read the answers given on this sight I was taken aback. A lot go misleading information and false hope given. A felon should start with other social service programs that are geared towards helping people in their situation out and a good place to start is a probation officer, self sufficiency programs, and/or state website.

    I pray Nelson doesn’t delete my post and it helps someone. I know people are asking why should they take heed to my entry….well, I was a Section 8 Team-Lead Case Manager for 7 years so I’m confident about the information I just gave everyone.

    P.S. NEVER APPLY FOR SECTION 8 on any site other the housing authority’s website in your city. A lot of sites claim a person can apply for housing on their website and it is false..section 8 applications are ONLY funneled through the housing authority itself, meaning, on their personal organization website. Other websites are only trying to get your information and use it as they please. If you don’t believe me then contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington D.C.
    for confirmation. Also, their website offers a HOST of information that will help alleviate any stress you have over your situation and will answer all your questions. HUD IS OVER (governor) ALL HOUSING AUTHORITIES…meaning the fund them so the housing authorities have to answer to them. Peace

    Best Regards,


  32. My fiance has a felony (unlawful transaction with minor) and we are wanting to apply for section 8 but afraid they will deny because of his charge, it is 1.5 year old charge, he is on supervised probation ffor another 3.5 years, and is currently going to counciling, can we still be accepted?

  33. Hi, I have just recieved an active status for section 8 preliminary application through lotto. I am a convicted felon. my last felony conviction was in another state in 2011, my ither felonies are from dec. 2010. I have since completed a theraputic community treatment in prison, completed counseling successfully, had my probation terminated three years early for ct cases RI case on the other hand took my time served and added it on to myprobation because they no longer do retroactive time so I am still on probation till 2016 as they do not offer early term in RI, and also am voluntairily involved in counseling now. My question is will i still qualify when I reach the top of the list

    • I took a plea deal for Rendering Criminal Assistance back in 2010 with defered sentence and probation for 12months. I payed the fees and did 240 community service hours completed everything. It’s a Gross Misdemeanor. Will I get denied for section 8? I forgot to say I live in Washington and the conviction been 5years. I’m afraid they will Denail me Nelson? I got the lottery number for section 8.

  34. I was recently given the choice of removing my self from my family section 8 application and leave my family so the application can be processed and approved. I have taken every step despite the odds to become a productive citizen. I work and further educated myself and cut all ties that could negatively affect me and my family. Completed several programs and maintained a positive regard despite im measurably odds. I do not understand the logic and destroy a family that trying to obtain stability and punishing for a life time for an offense I’ve already been punished for and worse yet my family. I’m at my ropes end I’ve lost my job due to the hud process and now my family being destroyed what am I to do

  35. Hi im on section 8 an i got arrested for.theft.finacial.institution fraud i.was on.a.second chance program.but i missed a court date an now i.have to.turn myself in toma n probably will be convicted of.this now will i loose my section.8 ???

    • Hi my name is Natalie and I am trying to get on section 8 and am concerned with my background check. I am convicted of a felony 3 retail theft and two misdemeanor retail thefts. I am in Westmoreland county PA. I asked the HA what charges bar you from being accepted they said drug crimes and violent crimes. I do have pending drug charges but I am not convicted and have not pled to any of them because I am still in the process of fighting them. If my lawyer can’t get suppression then he is going to ask the DA to reduce it to a summary disorderly conduct and I said I would plead to that. My question is will my pending charges affect my background check and result in me being denied? I need housing and have a FUP (family reunification program) referral from children’s bureau. The retail theft convictions happened last year. What can I expect? I was honest and made them aware of the pending charges and explained my situation and that I have not pled nor am I convicted. If suppression is granted it will be taken to a jury trial. If not, I will plead to the summary offense. But the background check will most likely take place before any of the legal matter at hand is resolved. So will the pending charges affect me? They are misdemeanor charges. Two of them. Drug related.

  36. I was on section 8 and m’y landlord evicted me be cause of à pending charge and section eight wouldnt hear me out iam still waiting to go to court and me and my kids have been homeless. .

  37. I have a question I live in Chicago IL. An I applied for low income I have a felony for retail their that I successfully completed parole almost three years ago would that stop me from getting low income

  38. I have a question I been on the list of section 8 for about 9 years I just receive a letter from section8 saying I been tentativaly approve I have to go see them june17. But like 3 or 4 month ago I catch a misdemeanor for shoplifting will they denied me when I go on june17 ????

  39. Ok so I have never applied for section 8 and don’t know anyone who has. However I wanted to ask a couple ??? Before I apply. Me and my fiance have 1 child together. He is a convicted felon but it’s older then 5 years. We currently reside in jacksonville, nc. I was curious if you think they would approve us for section 8 even though we aren’t married. Also I’ve heard that if you apply for any type of govt assistance they would go after the father for child support even if we live together. Any information would be greatly appreciated!!!

  40. Hey I’m on section 8 and my fiancé caught a felony in 2008 and was released in 2009 is he able to be put on my lease since its been over 5 years I live in Chicago Il

  41. Quick question. I live in Oregon. (Yamhill County.) I have a misdemeanor assault 4 charge on my record. If I take an anger management class and get the certificate, will I be able to get back on the lease with my mother and Lil Nephew?

    • I don’t know the specifics of your county. Were you kicked off because of the misdemeanor?

  42. I took a plea deal for Rendering Criminal Assistance back in 2010 with defered sentence and probation for 12months. I payed the fees and did 240 community service hours completed everything. It’s a Gross Misdemeanor. Will I get denied for section 8?

  43. I took a plea deal for Rendering Criminal Assistance back in 2010 with defered sentence and probation for 12months. I payed the fees and did 240 community service hours completed everything. It’s a Gross Misdemeanor. Will I get denied for section 8? It’s been 5years and I live in Washington? I won the lottery number for section 8. Afraid of getting denied Nelson?

  44. Can you get section 8 with a Misdeanor from 5 years ago? In Seattle washington? Would they Denial my application?

  45. I was just released from prison in Arkansas for theft by receiving.I’m on parole since Sept of2015 I’m trying to get sect 8 or subsidized low income apt.I’m also disabled for last 23years.will this prevent me from getting assistance

    • I already have hud here in Arkansas I live in an apt already my boyfriend is getting out of prison were getting married asap will any of this affect my hud he has no job or income

  46. If my mom has section 8 in Miami Dade I have a felony it’s been 7 years ago can I be added to her lease she is disabled and I help her a lot

  47. I need low income housing, I’m disabled, I was convicted of distribution , I admitted to giving a friend a pain pill.

  48. I have a felony record from 5 years ago. I live in,La. Can I get Hud assistance. I am terminally ill.

    • R u sure I live in Monroe county and was told they don’t allow felons to receive section 8 of its within 5years

    • Possible. but usually if you have not had any run ins since your conviction they let it slide. Perhaps Monroe county is strict on this, I don’t know.

  49. If i have a misdemeanor domestic violence from 7 years ago will i be denied for housing hope (section 8)?

  50. I have a felony for forgery that I caught the end Of last year is it possible parma section 8 will denie me

  51. I’m in LA county and have a misdemeanor for disturbing the peace and also was involved in a felony case that was robbery but it got dismissed/terminated, i was not convicted. this all happened in the same year; 8 years ago Will i be denied still.

  52. I’m in LA county and have a misdemeanor for disturbing the peace and also was involved in a felony case that was robbery but it got dismissed/terminated, i was not convicted. this all happened in the same year; 8 years ago Will i be denied still.

  53. I have a felony from five years ago in August but I completed rehab and got a certificate.i want to apply for HUD..how does that work…can I get HUD

  54. I had section 8 in Mich. My son was with some friends who got pulled over who had weed on them. He didn’t an wasn’t charged. But I got revoked cuz he was in the car!! My question is I moved to another state alone cuz he grew up an moved out. It was over 7 yrs ago. Can I ever receive it again ?

  55. My boyfriend and I are planning on getting married…I have section 8 and want to add him to my case! He was imprisoned for two yrs on a drug conspiracy! Had nothing to do with meth or heroin and he has changed his life, works and is going to school…would they deny him to be added even if its not h.o.h??

  56. I live In broward County Fl, and I have a 3rd degree felony (possession of cocaine) that I am fighting right now, so the case is still open. would that be an issue for me to get section 8? I’m currently on the waiting list.

  57. I have a misdemeanor charge for rendering criminal assistance it’s a gross misdemeanor I got a deferred sentence it was back in 2009. Will I be denied section 8 I live in Seattle Washington. My interview is coming up afraid of getting denied??

  58. I have 6 charges 3misd.3 felonies its been over 5 years can I get se seection 8 in Florida

  59. I got a citation for misdemeanor poss. Of Marijuana in adjudication was withheld could i loose my section 8 housing since i was never convicted of it??

  60. I am a single.mother of four. Have to domestics and an assault.and i.keep getting denied section 8 i gets.no help from.dhs or other organizations. They.turn.me away and.i.still.do not see y i cannot get approved. I need help

  61. Just wanted to know if I would need to be worried about getting my voucher have 2 shoplifting charges one from 2008 the other from 2014 Jan. Both are misdemeanor would this affect me being approved for my voucher?

  62. i live in South Carolina and i was sentenced on a drug conspiracy of distribution in federal court in 2009. i also have a high misdemeanor for credit card fraud will that prevent me from getting help with housing or and apartment and which program should i try to go to. im homeless along with my son and daughter and really need advice on what to do.

  63. I am an ex felon and I am on parole can I still get section 8. My charge is older than 7 years. It war for enbelzelment

  64. I am currently on section 8. I would like to add my boyfriend, he has theft of a motor vehicle charge from 2008. Will we get denied for putting him on the case?

  65. I am seeking to live in a ‘low-income’ 55+ apartment complex (operated under Section 42 of the LIHTC Program of the Internal Revenue Code.)

    I have an insurance fraud felony on my record from the 1980’s. But a clean record since. I ‘ve been in public housing for the past 5 years and seeking the move. I have passed the Section 8 background check but am concerned about the new property (where I’ve just passed a credit check – but told nothing about a criminal check just yet)

    Could you please just offer your ‘gut’ feeling (since I am sure you couldn’t answer with certainty)….Thanks!

  66. My boyfriend has a felony on his record and wants to apply for income based housing in south Carolina will be be denied?

    • Depends what the felony is, how long ago he was convicted, and his status since then.

  67. I just got called in for section 8 but it say on the letter they do crimnal back ground and my last drug conviction was in 2011 is been about 4/12 years ago I’ve done all my programs and been out of trouble sens you think I would get denied please get back to me thank yoy

  68. I just got approved and was in the process of getting my voucher just waiting on the housing authority to inspect my apartment I was arrested last Friday for a felony tampering with government documents it us a big misunderstanding that will me cleared up in court but I have not yet been indicted nor have I been convicted and they yanked my voucher. How is this legal? Supposed to be innocent until proven guilty but its more like guilty until proven innocent!

  69. I have a misdemeanor facilitate to escape 2nd degree that happened in August of 2014.Am I still eligible for HUD??

  70. What about when the conviction is 10yrs old but you just were released? Are they going to go off of the relase date or conviction date? Thanks for this forum!

  71. I just recevied a letter stating i have reached the top of my wait list in massachusetts i have a felony from about 5 -6 years ago for insurance fraud will that affect my eligibility no drug or violance on my record

    • How is that so when i have not been in any trouble since then and the case has been over 5 years old i have no drugs or violence. How far do they go back?

    • They can go back as far as they want. Most likely you should be fine as 5 years seems to be the standard.

    • specially when im reading ppl will not be faulted for jail time for drug charges (hence below comments)

    • Hi Kerri, not sure If you will be back on here, but I HAD to at least try and write you. I also live in Ma. and gives me a little bit of hope to see you have recently made it to the top of the sect. 8 list! Also wondering how long you were actually on the list and waited? And ANY idea if others were also moved or was yours due to a special circumstance? Trying to get ANY idea on how often and how many get moved, etc On the list seems to be IMPOSSIBLE, and TOP SECRET!! Anyways, CONGRATS, I’m VERY happy for you and hope ALL goes well! Hopefully I WILL hear back from you, but I understand if not, since you most likely have no reason to visit this type of site any longer… AGAIN, BEST OF LUCK!!

    • Lol believe it or not I still get emails I was on the list for 5 years and got mine out of Braintree housing because I work in Braintree but If I were you I would update your info on the centralized list I have a friend of mine who I work with that did that and she got a letter like 2 days later it actually depends on where you live and what your preference is like I said I waited 5 years … Good luck if you have anymore questions just ask I still.get the emails for this lol

  72. I’m was moved to Section 8 program I have a assault with deadly weapon turned in to a misdemeanor will it make me lose my voucher

  73. I have to go to my section eight class today I have a charge from 2009 for conspiracy and possession of intent to distribute did t two years on probation and 107 days in jail will that stop me from getting section 8

  74. Im waiting for the approval or denial letter for section 8..I went to my first appointment …I recently have a theft charge a misdemeanor 1 on my record but im currently in a diversion program..will I be denied??

  75. My fiancée and I been struggling to find a house who had felony since almost 6 years now so we have a beautiful daughter. can u please help me out with section 8 that can accept felony

  76. I’m on disability and my husband is ex felon of 28 years we have been applying for apts and because of the felonies we’re being denied. Is there any thing we can do about this situation? We need to be in a low income housing not able for being denied. Thank you

  77. I have an upcoming appointment for the Section 8 voucher program in Lee County, Florida. I am aware that my prior convictions from five years prior will not disqualify me. However, I am currently on probation with Florida Department of Corrections for Grand Theft which began this past July. I have thus far, been succesful with completing the conditions and am up to date on monetary obligations. Would this disqualify me? Should I even bother attending the appointment and making the effort to take time off work to gather the required documentation? Is this something that is recognized on a case-by-case basis? Would it be beneficial to obtain letters of recommendation from my family, clergy and employer?

    • Yes, definitely do not blow it off. You should attend the appointment and make all the effort necessary. It’s unlikely the grand then charge will disqualify you.

    • Thank you for your prompt response. I read somewhere that my application may be placed on hold until the probation is completed. But you’re right, I’ll never know unless I try. Hopefully it will all work out.

  78. I’m on section 8 in new hampshire. My fiance is due to get out of prison, on parole. He’s been in since 2012 will be put 2016. He has multiple felonies, nothing drug related. Theft n domestic. Would he be able to live with me once 5 yrs passes? He’s taken classes while in prison, and has to take one once he’s out.

  79. I have a misdemeanor simple assault from 2011 and was put on unsupervised probation for a year, will that disqualify me from section 8?

  80. I was recently denied but have a hearing next week …i have a open court case could that be the reason i was denied? I recently got it dismissed could i be approved with proof if dimissed?

  81. My fiance is currently in rpf in arkansas. We were kicked off hud because he had charges pending. They dropped all charges except poss of meth. I since have my hud back when he comes home will I be kicked back off even though he no longer has intent to deliver on his charges? My landlord doesn’t care I’m worried about section 8 hud

  82. im no longer on parole or probation. my application was pulled in the lottery. Will I be denied because of my pass life history with the law. for section8 2015 lottery drawing………in Ohio or can I transferred somewhere that doesn’t discriminate against felons……


  84. My Husband was charged with 2 robbery & one drug sale. Non violent. Can he be released to me on parole if I live n housing in NY.

  85. Will I be denied moving papers and lose my section 8 because since being a participant I have been charged with a felony(Id theft and unauthorized use of credit card )and sentenced probation and I completed it successfully. The charge was back in 2006 and probation completed in 2008. Now I want to move but im afraid when I apply for moving papers due to background check I may lose my section 8.

  86. Will I be denied moving papers and lose my section 8 because since being a participant I have been charged with a felony(Id theft and unauthorized use of credit card )and sentenced probation and I completed it successfully. The charge was back in 2006 and probation completed in 2008. Now I want to move but im afraid when I apply for moving papers due to background check I may lose my section 8. What should I do?

  87. Looks like there’s no sense asking anything here. I don’t see any real answers to anything. I will tell the people I know who need answers what I have been telling them. If you don’t ask, and you don’t try, you will never get anywhere.So file for housing and see what happens. The worst they can do is get turned down.

    • Yes! I completely agree. The worst that could happen is they deny you. I think for the majority, most things, such as criminal records, are handled on a case by case basis with the exception of some charges (i.e. drug trafficking, sex charges, etc). They usually have a housing authority website for each county outlining what their criteria are for determining eligibility and even goes as far as outlining the exact income limits. Long story short, GREAT advice! Just apply and see what happens!

    • I live in Seattle and I just got approved for section 8 with two Misdeanors on my record from 2009 and 2010. They only look for child abuse and certain drug charge. So I hope this helps people out there that’s wondering.

  88. I have section 8 and been recently charged with identity theft, forgery and embezzling will I lose my voucher

  89. I’m on section 8 in IL .and my husband got a domestic violence charge but not convinced. The charges are going to b dropped..will he still get kicked off if he don’t get convicted?

  90. I have a felony for obstruction of justice to unarmed robbery it’s 5years old I have section 8 in knoxville but want to transfer to Michigan which is the state of my felony well I lose my section 8 if i try to transfer

    • Did they allow you to get section 8 with robbery and obstructing justice before like when the charges were fresh?

  91. I’ve been on Hud for 2 years and I have 2 children. I was wondering if my boyfriend could be added on my housing, he has a felony assault (DV) from 2008. He had been to prison several times before that. He’s 39 now and hasn’t been in any trouble since that charge when he was 31. I live in Mendocino county in Northern California.

    • After 5 years of your conviction you can apply for section-8…..that’s Nj law… Not sure about anywhere else….

    • Don’t do it…..it says after 5 years you can get section-8 in nj law books anyway….. But don’t do it…..sec-8 is very important to have……

    • Here in California, only actual family members are allowed to be on your section 8 – you probably will have to marry him, or adopt him, lol.

  92. Hello I’m currently on section 8 out of Sacramento, ca and I’m trying port into phoenix Arizona I’m on probation til January 29 2016 for a dui will I be denied to port into their jurisdiction

  93. My sister currently on Section 8 with her daughter and child. It’s was time for their recertification and the PHA sends out a forum requiring a criminal record check. They have never done that before they have been on the program for years. What would cause such a strange action.

    • Anglea,

      I work for HUD and the answer is the agent does have the right to run criminal background checks at recertificaiton as long as it is done for every tenant at the property. They cannot do it just for one household, it must be across the board. This is being done to see if any tenants has any criminal charges that may be serious and can the agent can then eithe rnot recertify the tenant or begin the eviciton process.

  94. HI I’ve been wanting to apply for public housing but not sure if I can because I’m a felon for breaking my ex’s windshield to his eighteen wheeler yea

  95. I have a vocher in Hampton I just caught a felony grandllarcy last year I’m trying to port to Atlanta Ga Will they send my vocher back

  96. I have section 8 and I want to add my child’s father on my section 8 he has felony but they are over 6 or 7 year’s old and non are for sex crimes or drugs selling will section 8 say no or take away my section 8

  97. I just got approved for section 8 and I just got charged with attempting to shop lift… Will they kick me off…!!

  98. My husband is about to be released from federal prison after 10 years. He has a perfect prison record and degrees for many classes he took. Will I lose my sec 8 if he moves into the home with us? I live in NC

  99. I have one felony supposivly dismissd. I’m trying to get a one. Be to get away from my daughter. long story. Several misdermers to. I live in Durham Nc

  100. I got a felony charge in 2008 I served all my time out 5yr and the governor gave my rights back it was not a drug charge its not even a felony now can I get section

  101. My husbands got a felony AND os on house
    arrest i. Diodabled. Traatic er ate living on a pop up csmper in his bosses front yard we need jelpbfinfong a plscr to teny in bero brscj gl sebsdtion fl or pa bsy fl hrlp ple as de help uspost traihelp

  102. Okay Ive been liveing with boyfriend over16Years I was added to his hud Tjo if i wanted to separate am i considered on hud so i can get my own apt

  103. I live in tennessee 3 years ago I got a felony for breaking and entering which was a felony of a tattoo shop in North Carolina but been trouble free since, does this hinder my chances of public housing

  104. If I have a drug conviction that’s over ten years old can I get on someone else’s section 8 voucher

    • You have to go through the application process under their benefits. They should have an info update form. Have the person receiving benefits contact their case worker/case manager.

  105. i have section 8 and caught a theft case and they inhance it to a felony will i loose my voucher program but im on 3 yrs deferred probation

  106. I live in Virginia I got a felony in 2009 served 11 months got out 2010 stayed on probation until 2011, December. It was an assualt on a police officer charge. I just got my rights back from the governor, Restoration of Rights….Can I get public Housing or Section 8 now? Please help me….

  107. I’m truly distraught, I’m 56 years old I haven’t had my own apt since 2008 then moved back in with others and then I caught a break and a program through MH/ MR whom helps a person to reenter back into society slow with their rents assistance through a service coordinator. Now come Sept ny 5years is up, and I’m truly scared without help, to rent on my own. I feel I’m going to be ok just that Im on a fixed income , I’m a felon, so 2 strikes already. So I entered I the Section 8 program voucher ,denied, public housing denied, appealed keep going back to criminal bckgrnd. I looking for a program that rents to demons especially one lil me whom crime is 30 years old how u wish Pgh. Will come to the future, maybe because its a commonwealth state ? Sadness 56

  108. In the state of Vermont can someone have a drug felony older like 8 years not selling posession. Can he get into section 8, housing has been in two rehabs completed now in a suboxin treatment plan

  109. I have one possession of meth charge it’s been almost 2 yrs it’s the only felony on my record can I apply for a section 8 in ND cuz I’ve been turned down everywhere else and need somewhere to go to get my daughter back

    • You can try. It will likely take years to get a voucher even if you are approved.

  110. I just got an appointment in the mail to come to section 8 (middle tn) my name has reached the top of the list. what can i expect from this appointment? My husband (separated) got me evicted from the tn housing projects in june of 2013 for a indictment for conspiracy to sell prescription pills. Will they tell me i cant get help from them? I need answers please.

    • I don’t know if that would have an affect on your current application. It might.

  111. I was charges with theft by unlawful taking, one count is a felony charge the other two are misdemeanor. I also have a conviction for possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree….can I get housing assistance.

  112. I have a previous eviction in 2014 for non payment but im showing improvements im been paying 600 rent for 16 months now….i also have a petty theft from last November i got a letter for orientation for section 8 will they deny me?

  113. I am a 60 yrs old& been on Section 8 for since 2009,Ive lived where I’m at now& had planned on staying right where I am,But in November of 2015 I ran into a man I dated 35 yrs ago, We were married April 3 2016.My husband is a felon on a monitor and moved in with me when we got Married.Unfortunately due to a person that was upset with me.my landlord was alerted of the situation, My lease was up at the end of June,Since my landlord found out I was told “He couldn’t live here ” because he was monitored” So ok.We went on search for new place to live! In a matter of days,I recived a letter from the Galveston Housing Authority, indicating I was being Terminated from Section 8! I was told to appeal the case,which was done in a legal manner,by my husband who is a certified Paralegal! The letter also indicated that I would be allowed to stay until the end of July or until we had the Appeal, I am on SSI .Disabled. .and my income is $ 659 a month, I’ve tried to talk to Housing, But was told NO they are not going to tell me why this is happening,We did give them a letter announcing the fact that we had gotten married, I believe that this is all happening due to the fact that I gave my husband is Power of attorney to represent me, due to the fact that I have a 6th grade education and also have a disability that is mental issues , and also the fact that he had knowledge that I did not have and do not have! I do hope that I have explained this enough that maybe you can help us! Because as of June 30th I am being told that I have to leave my home but they will not issue a voucher or or rafter until the appeal has went through, in the meantime I have no funds to move and have no way to get another place to live! Please advise me and my husband as to what else we can do, sincerely Rayla&Richard Kuykendall

  114. Is true that California only looks back 3 years in the criminal history? And that they only look for violence. My worker told me this.

  115. My son was charged with a felony but not convicted due to courts deferred the charge to DUI and then the case dismissed because all requirements were completed satisfactorily and he has ab order of dismissal from courts but the charge still shows on records…how would this affect his certification for housing?

  116. I have a felony identity theft . I am living in a shelter trying to get section 8 or his housing. I am from chicago. I have to little girls and no help just found a job if anybody can help me please help .

  117. If u are on section 8
    and I was on jail for shoplifting my first time
    Could i lost the voucher section8

  118. I have a juvenile felony 20yrs ago burglary or habitation 2 felonies over 5yrs ago intoxicated assault w/ vechile serious bodily injury (dwi w/ a wreak) & failure to stop & render aid. have 7 misdemeanors over 5yrs old and 2 recent misdemeanor all in texas. can I qualify for section 8. i’m able to receive food stamps.

    • Juan, my man, wow, that is a heavy load to bear. I am sorry to see that you made such choices in life, doesn’t sound like much fun. Section 8 takes years to get once you apply in some states, so your best bet is to go to the nearest Dept. of Housing office or look online for the Department of Housing’s web page in your specific state and see what their rules are. Many times it is given first to people who are either, a. Immigrants, b. Disabled, c. Families with children. In this economy there demand is high, but in some areas more and more landlords are refusing to accept Section 8 because they want to charge higher rents. We have that problem here in Southern California right now. I hope you find something. Your best bet is to try to get into some type of job training program and share housing with a coworker or fellow student, unless you have a family then you will need your own space.

  119. I have been doing so well since my incarceration. I am a better man today. I have had multiple rehab in prison and sponcership out of jail. I am going to school for medical assistant fir my first degree. I just want to better myself living alone and focusing on life. I am asking for help because I’m working a low income job and have tried getting a better one like my past decent jobs. I always work and u believe in doing what’s right and working hard. I just ask for assistance til I’m able to do things better.

  120. Am on section 8 and am getting married and my soon to be is a felon and he wants to move in with me will lose my section 8

  121. Ive came up for my section 8 here in nc but i have a maintaings and dwelling a vehicle and a possesion of parphanelia both are misdenors from 2011 i have takin substance abuse classes and have certifacats from 2012 havent been in any trouble since will i still be approved being that it was 5 years ago?

  122. I been on section 8 for a while and my fiancé’ just came home from prison of 8 and 1/2 years. He is currently on probation until March 18th of next year. We plan on getting married soon. Will he be able to be on my case? I was a drug charge bur he completed class and also have awards upon leaving prison. I’m confused on when they look at the records, is it from release date or from the past years of conviction? Please help me!

  123. Hi Im maria vallejo since 2004 This man had taken my section 8 he has stolen my identity please help me this man is a murderer

  124. im trying to get section 8 in pa, i had a felony 6 years ago and havent ecen got a parking tocket sence, i think that if you havent had a sexual or violent crime that you shouldnt be judged by mistakes youve made innyour past, ive beeb turned down for jobs, ive been turned down trying to get an apartment to live in so apparently having a job or a roof over your head is not an option if youve been in trouble no matter how long ago or how good your doing in life, its rediculous, people think im scum because i get foodstamps and im on disability but them same people would never give me a job because of my record and my tattooes….someday the people handing out section 8 and jobs are going to have tattooes and a few scuffles in life and pray to god that they dont judge someone for being a “square” i dont ever judge anyone and i dont feel that having a feliny should effect my life this bad since it wasnt violent sexual or drug charges

    • Sorry, I feel no sympathy. I have been to prison for drug charges. I have tattoos. I am even on state probation. Yet I still managed to find a great job in a doctor’s office and was approved for Section 8. Keep trying. It’s not impossible.

  125. Hi my name chevette waites I was stAying in woodland city apartment an lost my sec 8 because the manger them dident do what thay pose to do some kids broke my window I lost my apt for that I have got terminated so long story been homeless since tha police pin five pounds on me thinking I was some one else so tha person house I was over had weed an got busted an said my name red an them give pounds hers so I dident have money to fight this case so I don’t no if it’s still on my record are not I just need to no what to do it’s hard have kids an grandkids smh help

  126. Hi I’m Debbie Wooten a Illinois resident..I’m ask for my daughter meagan just found out she’s pregnant..She will be 21 in March ..When she was17 she got into a fight with another girl got a mistermeaner..Year later she got arrested for having zanex in her pocket. They convicted of a felony …Trying to get her into some kind of housing assistance .

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