Housing Voucher Program Users


• About 303,499 seniors rely on Housing Choice Vouchers for affordable housing, representing 16% of all Section 8 households.

• 16% of Section 8’s seniors are 83 years of age or older.

• The median annual income for an elderly household in Section 8 is $9,594.*

• 91% of elderly households rely on Social Security or Supplemental Security payments as their primary source of income.*

 People with Disabilities

• Section 8 is home to 458,124 households in which one or more members are living with a disability, representing 25% of all voucher households.

• 38,503 Section 8 households have a child with a disability.*

Families with Children

• 59% of all Section 8 households are families with children.

• More than 2,357,977 children live in Section 8, representing 50% of all Section 8 residents.

• 48% of households with children obtain their primary income from wages.*

• The average income for a Section 8 family is $11,049.*

All data are from the HUD Resident Characteristics Report as of April 2006, except where noted with an asterisk (*).  Data marked with an asterisk (*) are from an extract of HUD’s Multifamily Tenant Characteristics System (MTCS) from 2001.  The 2001 extract was the most current extract available at the time of this writing.  Although this data is several years old, the profile of the population of public housing has likely not changed significantly in the past several years.