Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

What does Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mean?

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has several programs that help individuals acquire decent shelter at rents they can afford. Housing may be available through HUD for Supplemental Security Income recipients.

HUD provides three different housing options. The first option is public housing, which is low income residence operated by the housing authority. Public housing can include high rise apartments or single family homes. Public housing is available to the disabled, elderly and low income.

Next, HUD provides Section 8 housing. Under this program residents must find their own housing, but the Federal Government provides housing vouchers for supplemental rent payment. Under Section 8 a resident could rent a single family home, a townhouse, or an apartment. Housing units are not limited by location, and they do not have to be located within a specific housing project.

Finally, HUD offers subsidized housing where the Federal Government provides subsidies directly to the owner, who then uses the payments to subsidize the rent they charge their low-income tenants.

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