Housing Choice Voucher Program

The housing choice voucher program (or Section 8 Rental Assistance) is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families – including the elderly and the disabled – to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Our program covers all of Washington County, Arkansas except for Sprindale. Wait time for housing choice vouchers currently over 3 years. 


How does it work?

  • A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the Fayetteville Housing Authority.
  • The housing choice may include single-family homes, townhouses or apartments and is not limited to public housing. It may include the family’s current residence.
  • The Fayetteville Housing Authority receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program locally.
  • A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Fayetteville Housing Authority 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.