Section 8 Tenant-Based Vouchers and SNO Mass
Section 8 is a federal rent assistance program, also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Section 8 is the federal government’s largest program to help low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities pay for safe, decent housing. Section 8 includes tenant-based vouchers, project-based vouchers, and homeownership vouchers. Section 8 usually refers to the Section 8 tenant-based voucher program.
Section 8 tenant-based vouchers are rent vouchers that let people choose their own housing anywhere they want to live. The vouchers are not limited to particular housing developments like project-based vouchers. People with Section 8 tenant-based vouchers can choose any apartment they want, as long as the rent is reasonable and the unit is safe and clean.
Section 8 tenant-based vouchers are sometimes called mobile vouchers because they “travel” with the tenant. If a household with a tenant-based voucher wants to move, they can use the voucher for a different rental unit.
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From DHCD Website:
The Supporting Neighborhood Opportunity in Massachusetts (SNO Mass) Program supports Housing Choice Voucher families with school-aged children making moves to communities with high quality schools, parks and open space and health, safe environments. SNO Mass helps families take full advantage of the “choice” embedded in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
We are excited to tell you about this new program that we are offering for eligible families who have a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) through [CTI/WF]. The program is called Supporting Neighborhood Opportunity in Massachusetts (SNO Mass). This program helps families with school-aged children to move to communities with high quality schools, parks and open space, and healthy, safe environments. To participate in this program you must have at least one child in your household who is under 18 years of age.
Where you live has a big impact on your family. It can influence your family’s health, the quality of your child’s education and their future income and quality of life. SNO Mass can help you with the choices that matter most to you and your family. The map below shows you all the targeted high-opportunity neighborhoods in your region that you can choose from as part of SNO Mass.
As part of this program you will receive:
- Access to neighborhood and housing information and housing search tools created to support SNO Mass families
- Potentially higher voucher value to pay a higher rent for apartments in high-opportunity neighborhoods
- A dedicated Housing Mobility Specialist at [CTI/WF] who can help you find an apartment, negotiate with landlords, and connect you to resources such as childcare, schools, and community organizations in your new neighborhood
- Financial supports to help with security deposits, moving costs, and other fees associated with finding an apartment and to assist you and your family after your move
To learn more about this program, please contact Sofia Stavraki, CTI’s Housing Mobility Manager, SStavraki@commteam.org, 978.654.5744