FAQ - Housing Choice Voucher Eligibility


How do I know if my family (if any) and I are eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher program?


If the money you and your family members receive in a year (gross wages, benefits, etc.) is no more than the amount allowed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the number of people in your family, you may be eligible.

Most families who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits will qualify. 

Current Income Limits

Family Size
1 2 3
5 6 7 8
Gross Income
$25,500 $29,150 $32,800 $36,400 $39,350 $42,250 $45,150 $48,050

Additional Eligibility Qualifiers & Requirements

In addition, if you and your family members are U.S. citizens or legal residents of the U.S. you may be eligible to receive assistance under the voucher program. The Portland Housing Authority will need copies of birth certificates, social security cards, immigration documents  or any other items needed to determine you and each family member is a citizen or legal resident of the U.S. plus the age of each family member.

If you or any family members have not committed any serious crimes you may be eligible for the program. Each housing authority decides what crimes are serious enough to make you and your family ineligible.