Section 8 Housing

Instead of visiting a county building, please call for any service needs or appointments.  Section 8 remains operational; and minimally staffed, now providing application assistance via telephone communication.  Phone: (585) 243-7300.

Please click here to read important information from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding Rent and the Temporary Suspension of Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent. 

Tenants can find more information here on preventing eviction for non-payment of rent.  

Housing Choice Voucher Landlords can find information here on preventing evictions. 

 The Housing Assistance Program is a way to help rental costs. It may help you afford a better place to live, or if you like where you are living now, it may help you pay your rent. Either way, the Housing Assistance Program pays your landlord part of your monthly rent. A home ownership program is now available for qualified participants.


You may qualify if your total annual household income is not over a set limit, as defined below:

Household Size Annual Gross Income
1 $28,100
2 $32,100
3 $36,100
4 $40,100
5 $43,350
6 $46,550
7 $49,750

How the Program Works

  • Application - You complete the preliminary application and are placed on a waiting list.
  • Notification - You are responsible to notify the housing office of all changes while on the waiting list. These changes would include such things as household composition, address, and income changes.
  • Enrollment - After the waiting list time period you are contacted to attend an enrollment interview where your eligibility is determined and you receive information on how the program works and how to obtain housing that is affordable to you and suited to your needs.
  • Certification - If you are eligible, you will receive a Housing Choice Voucher to verify your potential to participate in the program.
  • Housing Selection - You find a place within 60 days that meets Housing Quality Standard and affordability limits. Your present dwelling may qualify.
  • Negotiation - You come to an agreement with the landlord on lease terms.
  • Agency Review - The agency evaluates the affordability of your housing and inspects the dwelling to make sure they meet program standards and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Homestore (HUD) Housing Quality Standards.
  • Payments - The agency will pay directly to your landlord part of your rent each month based on a payment standard. You are obligated to pay the rest.
  • Annual Recertifications and Interim Changes - Each program participant must have annual recertifications and annual housing inspections. Any and all changes in income, family composition, etc. must be reported immediately.

Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your civil rights have been violated, you can file a fair housing complaint. Click on the seal above to be directed to the online complaint system.
For more information contact:

HUD regional Office:  (800) 496-4294

Livingston County Fair Housing Officer:  (585) 243-7300    Commissioner of Social Services