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Understanding Chapter 35 Benefits for Veterans

Veterans with permanent disabilities from their service can share education benefits with their dependents thanks to Chapter 35 Benefits. Learn more here.

Active duty service in the Army, Navy, and other military branches is not easy. The U.S. federal government recognizes the strength, bravery, and selflessness veterans have performed for their country through numerous financial aid and various assistance or benefits. 

Some of these can be passed onto the veterans’ dependents as well. One great example of such is the Chapter 35 benefits.

What Are the Chapter 35 Benefits?

Chapter 35 benefits are also known as the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance program. This program is for veterans who may have suffered from permanent disabilities or died while serving on active duty. It also covers their dependents.

Under the survivor’s educational assistance program, eligible individuals can receive a monthly payment that aims to cover tuition assistance and help with other schooling and general education needs.

What Does Chapter 35 Cover?

The Ch 35 VA coverage allowance or stipend helps cover the tuition or cost of any of the following:

  • College or graduate degree programs

  • Business, technical, or vocational courses

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Apprenticeships

  • On-the-job training

  • Vocational rehabilitation

  • Educational and career counseling

  • Remedial, deficiency, or refresher training

  • National exams, such as SAT, LSAT, or GMAT

  • Preparatory courses for licensure or certification

  • Financial aid for books or school supplies

Who Are Chapter 35 Benefits For?

Unlike the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 33 benefits, which are solely for service members who served on active duty, the Chapter 35 veteran education benefits are for surviving active duty veterans and their dependents. In this case, the dependents can be their spouses or children. 

What Is the Monthly Stipend for Chapter 35?

The Chapter 35 benefit rates will depend on the type of education or training program the eligible individual enrolls in, as well as whether they are attending part-time or full-time.

The latest published rates for October 2022 to September 2023 for universities and colleges are as follows:

  • Full-time: $1,488 per full month
  • 3/4-time: $1,176 per full month
  • 1/2-time: $862 per full month

Eligible individuals enrolled in trade and vocational programs can also expect the above rates based on their scheduled clock hours. Take note that individuals whose attendance is below a full month or less than full-time will receive reduced payments.

Meanwhile, veterans and dependents with apprenticeships or on-the-job training can expect the following monthly stipend:

  • First six months: $945 per full month
  • Second six months: $710 per full month
  • 13th to 18th months: $466 per full month
  • 19th month and beyond $237 per full month

How Long Can You Receive Chapter 35 VA Benefits?

The monthly stipend is provided as long as the eligible individual is enrolled in an academic or apprenticeship program and meets the necessary requirements or up to a maximum of 36 months — whichever comes first. 

However, there are some time limits to when you can receive the VA education benefits.

Children of surviving veterans can use their Chapter 35 tuition assistance as long as they are between 18 and 26 years old.

On the other hand, spouses and surviving spouses have either 10 or 20 years to use their benefits. Surviving spouses of service members who died while on active duty get 20 years. Spouses of veterans who are disabled may also get 20 years if the VA considers them permanently and totally disabled.

The counting of years starts when the VA office accepts their eligibility into the program or the death of their veteran spouse.

Are Chapter 35 VA Benefits Open to Dependents of Veterans?

Yes, the Chapter 35 VA benefits or educational assistance program is open to dependents of veterans.

How Do I Qualify for Chapter 35 Benefits?

Before utilizing military educational benefits, interested veterans and their dependents must first meet certain requirements. 

In order to qualify for Chapter 35 benefits, you must be any of the following or the dependent of a veteran or service member:

  • Died while serving on active duty or due to a service-connected disability

  • Was permanently and totally disabled while serving as an active duty service member

  • Died from any cause while having their service-connected disability 

  • Was declared missing in action or captured by a hostile force while on active duty

  • Was forcibly detained, held, or interned by a foreign entity while on duty 

  • Is currently hospitalized or receiving outpatient care for a service-connected disability

How Do I Apply for Chapter 35 Benefits?

If you qualify for Chapter 35 benefits, you can apply online or via mail. However, remember that you must first ensure that the school or certificate programs are approved for VA education benefits.

The online application is the easiest and most convenient. The entire process—from submitting required documents and filling out the VA form—is done on the VA website. For the mail application, you’ll need to print and fill out the VA Form 22-5490 and mail it to your state’s regional processing office.

Can My Chapter 35 Benefits Be Taken Away According to GPA?

This only happens in some cases. Although the VA Office does not have a GPA requirement, the school that veterans or their dependents enroll at can impose a minimum cumulative GPA.

Many colleges and universities ask students receiving Chapter 35 GI Bill benefits to maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher per semester. Failure to maintain the minimum GPA could affect their future benefits certification.

What Other Educational Benefits Are Available for Veterans?

Aside from the Chapter 35 DEA benefits program, veterans also have other financial assistance options, like the Hazlewood Act, if they are interested in continuing education. Another benefit is the Fry Scholarship, while another is the Chapter 33 or Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Fry Scholarship is also open for children and spouses of veterans. However, eligibility is limited only to dependents of service members who died in the line of duty while serving on or after 9-11. If you are eligible for both Fry Scholarship and the dependents’ education assistance program, you can only use one at a time.

For the Post-9/11 GI Bill, qualified veterans are only those who served on active duty or in selected reserve duty for at least 90 days.

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50+ Veteran PTSD Statistics by Era, Service, and More

Out of the general population, veterans are the most likely group to experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, it’s one of the most common disability claims made by veterans.  This isn’t surprising considering the nature of their service. Exposure to combat, witnessing traumatic events, and the stress of military life can all contribute to […]

Out of the general population, veterans are the most likely group to experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, it’s one of the most common disability claims made by veterans. 

This isn’t surprising considering the nature of their service. Exposure to combat, witnessing traumatic events, and the stress of military life can all contribute to developing this mental health condition.

In this post, we’ll delve into the most recent veteran PTSD statistics, offering an overview of its prevalence across different eras of service, military branches, and demographics. We’ll also explore the nature of PTSD, common symptoms, and the research-backed PTSD treatments available to veterans.

Table of contents:

  • How Common Is PTSD in Veterans?
  • Causes of PTSD Among Veterans
  • Effective Treatments for PTSD in Veterans
  • Learn More About Your VA Disability Eligibility

How Common Is PTSD in Veterans?

While PTSD affects a portion of the general population, with approximately 6% experiencing it at some point in their lives, veterans are significantly more likely to develop this condition. 

Estimates of PTSD prevalence among veterans vary due to different research methodologies and evolving definitions of PTSD over time. However, to provide a clearer picture of its prevalence in this population, we’ve compiled the following statistics from studies conducted in the past few years.

Graphic showing how common PTSD is among veterans.

VBA Annual Benefits Report (2023)

Among the veterans who established a service connection and filed for disability in 2023: 

  1. PTSD was the sixth most prevalent service-connected disability in 2023.
  2. The total number of reported post-traumatic stress disorder cases in 2023 was 1,451,153.
  3. There’s been an 8% increase in PTSD cases between 2022 and 2023.
  4. Over 1.25 million men claimed to have PTSD in 2023.
  5. 185,980 women claimed to have PTSD in 2023. 
  6. There’s been a 124% increase in PTSD cases among veterans since 2013. 
YearTotal  Veterans Male VeteransFemale Veterans
2013648,992600,19338,076
2015813,277739,80858,659
2017964,038866,00581,546
20191,118,041995,189112,144
20211,257,6311,104,385143,565
20231,451,1531,254,181185,980

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Line graph displaying the increase in PTSD cases among veterans who filed for disability.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Report (2021)

Among the 6 million veterans served by the VA in fiscal year 2021:

  1. 600,000 men (or 10%) were diagnosed with PTSD.
  2. 1.14 million women (or 19%) were diagnosed with PTSD.

Source: National Center for PTSD

National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study (2019-2020)

In an online survey of a nationally representative sample of U.S. military veterans:

  1. The weighted prevalence of lifetime PTSD was 9.4%.
  2. The prevalence of current PTSD among veterans was 5% overall.
  3. PTSD was more common among female veterans (11%) compared to male veterans (4%).

Source: NHRVS

Prevalence of PTSD by Era of Service

The number of veterans with PTSD varies by service era. The 2023 VBA Annual Benefits Report recorded the number of PTSD cases by period of service:

Service EraWarTotal Number of Veterans with PTSDPercentage of Veterans with PTSD 
Persian Gulf War (Desert Storm)The Gulf War(1991)992,1043.5%
Peacetime EraNo Conflict(1975-1990)69,0372.2%
Vietnam WarThe Vietnam War(1962-1973)384,1866.4%
Korean WarThe Korean War(1950-1953)4,6843.2%
Word War IIWorld War II(1939-1945)1,1424.2%

The National Center for PTSD also gathered data from a large study of veterans across the country to find the prevalence of PTSD from the War in Iraq and War in Afghanistan. 

  1. 29% of veterans who served in the Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) were diagnosed with PTSD at some point in life.
  2. 15% of veterans who served in the OIF and OEF were diagnosed with PTSD in the past year. 

It’s important to note that other data suggests higher rates of PTSD among veterans of different service eras. For example, a 2011 survey by Pew Research Center found that 37% of veterans serving in the War in Iraq and War in Afghanistan reported suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Prevalence of PTSD by Service Branch

PTSD rates can vary depending on the branch of service. Each military branch has different experiences, like being deployed to a war zone, which significantly increases the risk of PTSD.

A Health Related Behaviors Survey conducted in 2015 measured probable PTSD by service branch. The survey found the following rates:

  1. Army: ~11%
  2. Navy: ~10%
  3. Marine Corps: ~9%
  4. Coast Guard: ~4.5%
  5. Air Force: ~4%
Bar graph of probable PTSD rates by branch of service.

Risk Factors for PTSD

Researchers have investigated risk factors associated with PTSD in military personnel and veterans. A 2015 meta-analysis of 32 studies found that the prevalence of PTSD varied widely, ranging from 1.09% to 34.84%

Several factors were associated with an increased risk of PTSD, including:

  • Serving in the army
  • Lower education level
  • Prior psychological problems
  • Female sex
  • Enlisted rank (compared to officers)
  • More deployments
  • Longer cumulative deployment length
  • Experiencing adverse life events
  • Prior trauma

It’s important to note that results varied across studies, highlighting the complexity of PTSD risk factors.

Causes of PTSD Among Veterans

Those who serve in the military experience various traumatic events that can trigger PTSD. The National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study (NHRVS) found that exposure to the following situations contributed to the probability of lifetime PTSD: 

  1. Hit or kicked hard enough to injure: 23.4%
  2. Suddenly abandoned by a loved one: 20.2%
  3. Traumatic combat exposure: 18.8%
  4. Attacked with a gun, knife, or weapon: 18.7%
  5. Saw something horrible or was badly scared during service: 18%
  6. Seeing someone die suddenly or badly hurt: 13.5%
  7. Experiencing a life-threatening illness or injury: 10.7%

Military Sexual Trauma and PTSD

Military sexual trauma (MST) is defined as any sexual harassment or sexual assault that occurs while serving in the military. It can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, and can occur during peacetime, training, or wartime. 

Studies show a strong link between MST and PTSD. A study by the NHRVS found that experiencing forced sexual contact is a significant risk factor for developing lifetime PTSD, affecting over 37% of veterans in the study.

While MST can affect anyone in the military, it’s significantly more prevalent among women. Data from the National Center for PTSD shows a stark disparity:

  1. Approximately 1 in 3 women veterans report experiencing MST when screened by their VA provider.
  2. In comparison, only 1 in 50 male veterans report the same.

While this shows a big difference, it’s important to consider that other factors such as underreporting of MST by men and potential differences in coping mechanisms between sexes may also play a role in this disparity.

Graphic showing the difference in reports of military sexual trauma between male and female veterans.

Effective Treatments for PTSD in Veterans

PTSD can have a major impact on your life. Thankfully, there have been various studies to help find effective treatments for PTSD, specifically for veterans. Here are a few effective treatments for PTSD.

Evidence-Based Therapies

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, evidence-based therapies are among the most effective treatments for PTSD. They can include:

  • Cognitive processing therapy (CPT): Helps veterans understand how trauma affects their thinking, challenge negative thoughts, and develop healthier beliefs
  • Prolonged exposure (PE) therapy: Helps veterans gradually confront traumatic memories and feelings to reduce PTSD symptoms
  • Cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy (CBCT): Helps couples understand how PTSD affects their relationship and improves communication; veterans may also experience positive changes in their thoughts and beliefs
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): Helps process and make sense of trauma by focusing on the memory while using eye movements or sounds

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based approach to managing stress and its associated symptoms. This program cultivates present-moment awareness through meditation practices, fostering emotional regulation and reducing rumination.

Research has shown that MBSR can be beneficial for veterans with PTSD. A study investigating its effects found that MBSR led to:

  • Improved PTSD symptoms
  • Increased mindfulness, potentially linked to enhanced spiritual well-being
  • Changes in brain activation patterns during exposure to trauma reminders

These findings suggest that MBSR may alter brain function in a way that reduces fear and stress responses in individuals with PTSD.

Psychiatric Assistance Dogs (PADs)

According to research from 2022, 31% of veterans with psychiatric assistance dogs no longer met the clinical criteria for PTSD after 15 months.

While this finding suggests that PAD placement is associated with a decrease in PTSD symptoms, it’s not a cure and shouldn’t be considered a standalone treatment.

Delivery Preferences for PTSD Treatment

An article in Military Medicine sought to find the preferred treatment delivery for veterans with PTSD. The study concluded that:

  1. 42% of veterans preferred home-based treatments — treatments received at the veteran’s home without the physical presence of a health care professional.
  2. 32% of veterans preferred in-home in-person treatments — treatments received at the veteran’s home with the physical presence of a health care professional.
  3. 26% preferred office-based telehealth treatments — treatments received remotely through video conferencing or other digital platforms from a health care professional’s office.

Less than 50% of the sample preferred one method, suggesting that one treatment modality does not fit all.

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Do You Qualify for Section 8 Housing Benefits?

Qualifying for a Section 8 housing voucher isn’t always easy. There are standard eligibility requirements to consider.

In the United States, HUD’s Section 8 voucher program helps provide safe and affordable housing for many low-income, disabled, and elderly households. However, qualifying for a Section 8 housing voucher isn’t always easy. There are standard eligibility requirements for this federal program. Plus, since public housing authorities administer the Housing Choice Voucher program locally, an applicant must consider additional qualifications.

7 Eligibility Requirements for Section 8 Housing Benefits

Though the details of eligibility will vary from PHA to PHA, there are a few standard qualifications for Section 8 assistance, which we’ve outlined below:

  1. Income Qualifications
  2. Family Status
  3. Disabilities
  4. Citizenship
  5. Criminal Record
  6. Eviction History
  7. Residence Status

Housing vouchers help provide rental subsidies for many families in the United States who might struggle to afford clean and safe housing on their own. If you’re wondering whether Section 8 housing assistance is the right path for you, keep reading. We’ve outlined all the Section 8 eligibility requirements so that you can make an informed decision about whether to move forward with an application.

If you think Section 8 may be right for your family, it’s important to act early. More households qualify for Section 8 rental assistance than the HCV program can help. Some estimates indicate that merely 25% of Section 8 housing voucher applicants end up receiving assistance.

Let’s look in more detail at each standard eligibility requirement you must meet to qualify for Section 8 rental assistance.

1. Income Qualifications

Because one of the main functions of the Section 8 program is to ensure safe and clean housing for low income families, family income qualifications are one of the most important factors that determine whether your application for Section 8 housing choice voucher assistance will be approved. Generally, your household income must be below 50% of the median income for your area. However, specific household income limits may vary depending on family size, location, and other factors.

When you apply for Section 8 assistance, your local housing authority will consider both your household’s annual income and the size of your household to determine the appropriate amount you should be expected to pay for rent. A good rule of thumb is that typically the more people in your household, the higher the annual income you can bring home and still qualify for Section 8 housing assistance. That’s because the more mouths to feed, the more money you’ll need to make a reasonable accommodation. Your housing agency will want to see documented income from every member that earns money.

Households can be classified as low income, very low income, or extremely low income. Those deemed as low income families generally earn up to 80% of their area median income, while those classified as very low income can earn up to 50% of their area’s median income. Households with extremely low incomes may only earn up to 30% of an area’s median income.

These limits vary from state to state and from housing authority to housing authority, so make sure you talk with your local PHA about its specific income qualifications and your income limit. Each year, HUD adjusts these limits to account for inflation. PHAs prioritize their extremely low applicants, followed by the very low-income applicants on a waiting list and the low-income family applicants.

When considering your application, your PHA will want to see all forms of household adjusted income, including hourly wages, salaries, overtime pay, alimony, child support, commissions, welfare benefits, retirement fund withdrawals, pension benefits, Social Security benefits, lottery winnings, disability benefits, veterans benefits, interest earned from investments, rental property income, and more. From the very beginning, it’s best to report every possible source of your family’s income for the PHA’s full consideration.

Once your household is accepted for Section 8 rental assistance, the rent you pay your landlord generally aligns with around 30% of your household’s adjusted income. It’s also important to note that income verification is not a one-time process.

Each year, you will have to go through the income verification process to ensure your household still qualifies for financial assistance. You must also notify your local public housing program if you experience a substantial change in your household’s annual income.

How Income Limits Work

Section 8 income limits determine the eligibility of applicants for rental assistance programs such as the Housing Choice Voucher Program. These limits are usually based on the median income levels of a particular area or region, with adjustments made for household size. For instance, a family’s income may not exceed a certain percentage (often around 50%) of the median income for their area to qualify for assistance.

Calculating income limits for Section 8 is a complicated process that considers family size, local housing costs, and prevailing economic conditions. HUD updates these limits regularly to reflect changes in economic conditions and ensure that benefits go to those most need them.

For families living in areas with high housing costs, Section 8 income limits may be adjusted upward to account for the increased financial burden of finding suitable housing. Conversely, in areas where housing costs are relatively low, income limits may be lower, reflecting the lower cost of living.

These income limits serve as a critical tool in the fight against homelessness and housing insecurity, providing a safety net for vulnerable individuals and families who may otherwise struggle to afford stable housing. By ensuring that assistance is targeted towards those with the greatest need, Section 8 income limits help to promote economic stability and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans across the country.

In conclusion, Section 8 income limits play a vital role in determining eligibility for housing assistance programs and ensuring that limited resources are allocated effectively to those in need. By taking into account regional variations in living costs and household size, these limits help to ensure that assistance reaches those who need it most, providing a lifeline for low-income individuals and families striving for stable housing and economic security.

For more detailed information on your area’s Section 8 income limits, check your region and the current year on HUD.gov.

2. Family Status

To qualify for Section 8 assistance, your household must meet the definition HUD uses for “family,” which comprises any of the following characteristics:

  • At least one household member over age 62
  • At least one household member with a documented disability
  • A household of multiple members, with or without children
  • A household displaced from its current place of residence—by natural disaster, other physical damage, or government action
  • A tenant remaining in a housing unit after all others have moved out, and the household previously received Section 8 assistance
  • A single person living alone who meets none of the above criteria

Section 8 takes into account the size of your household when determining eligibility. Generally, larger families may have higher income limits than smaller households.

While HUD has laid out these general guidelines, it has also authorized local public housing authorities to add to these qualifications as appropriate. Make sure you check with your local PHA before you apply to make sure you have a full understanding of your area’s household eligibility criteria.

3. Disabilities

Some PHAs may prioritize your household if you show documentation that you or someone in your household is disabled. You will need to show appropriate medical evidence and documentation of the disability, and you may also present proof of any Social Security disability compensation received.

In addition to receiving priority status on the waiting list, a documented disability may qualify your household for a bigger housing unit or an extra bedroom, as the disability warrants.

4. Citizenship

You must be a U.S. citizen or show documentation of eligible immigration status to qualify for a Section 8 housing assistance payment. In many cases, you’ll need to show a U.S. passport and a Social Security card or Green Card when you submit your application. You may also be asked to sign a declaration that everyone in your household is an American citizen. Non-citizens must meet specific criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

You will also need to submit a copy of a birth certificate for any children within your household. Suppose every household member cannot show proof of citizenship or eligible immigration status. In that case, you still can receive assistance as a “mixed family,” but your assistance amount will not be as high as for those households with members who are all citizens or can show approved immigration status.

5. Criminal Record

One of the main goals of Section 8 housing assistance is to ensure that those with low incomes can find safe places to live. The HCV program is unlikely to accept anyone with a criminal record, especially if a household member has engaged in criminal activity within the last five years. HUD prohibits participation in the Section 8 housing program to any registered sex offender and to anyone convicted of making methamphetamines in public housing.

Section 8 requires all applicants to undergo a background check. This includes verifying your rental history, criminal record, and other relevant information. Certain criminal convictions may disqualify you from participating in the program.

According to federal guidelines, PHAs should deny the application of anyone who is currently an illegal drug user or abusing a substance in such a way that might be dangerous to the immediate household or others living nearby.

6. Eviction History

The Section 8 housing choice voucher program wants to ensure that you’ll agree to abide by the strict tenant rules and regulations. Your PHA will talk with previous landlords about how you met obligations, your rent payment history, where you left your previous rental housing, and more. Suppose your PHA discovers that you or anyone in your household has been evicted from a rental property within the last three years, especially for a drug-related crime. In that case, it will not accept you into the Section 8 rental assistance program. The housing choice voucher program also will not accept your application if you or anyone in your household has been convicted of producing methamphetamines within public housing during any previous residency.

7. Residence Status

Many PHAs stipulate that you must live within the PHA’s jurisdiction to be eligible for a Section 8 housing voucher within that area. If this is the case for your PHA, you may be required to submit documentation that validates your current residency. This could be a utility bill or some other type of official mail sent to your current address.

Can College Students Qualify for Section 8?

College students aren’t generally considered applicants for Section 8 housing assistance payment unless any of the following exceptions are true:

  • You are a full-time student age 24 or older
  • You are a full-time college student who is married
  • You are a full-time professional graduate student
  • You are a full-time college student who was an orphan or ward of the court until the age of 18
  • You are a full-time college student who is an emancipated minor
  • You are a full-time college student who is a U.S. veteran or currently on active duty
  • You are a full-time college student with a dependent child or other dependents
  • You are a full-time college student with a disability and were receiving housing assistance payments as of Nov. 30, 2005
  • You are part of a household that is otherwise section 8 qualifying.

If your local PHA determines that you meet the criteria for an independent student, then parental income eligibility will not affect your application. Any grants, scholarships, or other income you earn while in school will be considered when determining your income eligibility.

What If My Income Goes Up?

If your annual income changes, it’s important to let your housing authority know as soon as possible. Since the goal of the Section 8 housing choice voucher program is largely based on your income, your calculated rent amount may need to be adjusted based on your new income level. You’ll still pay roughly 30%, but because your income will be higher, your rental amount will increase as well.

The same is true if your annual income goes down. Your PHA can adjust your rental amount so that you’re still paying 30% of your income, but your rental amount will decrease.

You should note that if your annual income increases to 30% of your income will allow you to pay the full market value of your rent without assistance, you will be asked to exit the Section 8 housing choice program.

Section 8 Eligibility

Finding safe and affordable housing is the biggest concern for many low-income families. That’s where HUD’s Section 8 rental assistance proves tremendously valuable to the family receiving a Section 8 voucher and to society at large. This type of rental assistance helps families find safe, clean appropriate housing.

Due to the high demand for affordable housing, some areas may have waiting lists. Priority is often given to families with children, elderly individuals, or individuals with disabilities.

To determine your eligibility for Section 8, it’s best to contact your local Public Housing Agency (PHA) or the HUD office in your area. They will provide detailed information about income limits, application processes, and waiting times specific to your location.

Remember, meeting the basic eligibility requirements doesn’t guarantee immediate assistance; you may have to wait for approval. But Section 8 can be a valuable resource for those needing affordable housing. Take the first step by contacting your local PHA to learn more about the program and begin the application process.

If you think the Section 8 housing choice voucher program could help you and your household, reach out to your local PHA to find out more about specific eligibility criteria in your area.

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