Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford, decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.  

During the application process, the JCHA Sec. 8 case workers will collect information on family income, assets, and family composition. If JCHA determines your family is eligible, your name will be placed on the waiting list, and once your name reaches the top JCHA will contact you and issue a housing voucher.

A family issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agree to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the housing authority. 

A subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by JCHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.   

If you have a general question, are in need of a Section 8 or Shelter Plus voucher, or a landlord inquiring about the programs listed above, your contact information is listed below:

Jefferson County Housing Authority

3700 Industrial Parkway

Birmingham, Alabama 35217-5316

Phone: 205-849-0123

Fax: 205-849-0137

CURRENTLY JEFFERSON COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (SEC. 8) WAITING LIST.