People with low income, seniors, and people with disabilities may qualify for help from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to get affordable rental housing. HUD doesn’t own rental property. It gives money to states and building owners, who in turn provide low-income housing opportunities.
There are three main types of affordable rental housing that are supported by HUD:
Privately owned, subsidized housing in which landlords are subsidized to offer reduced rents to low-income tenants. Search for an apartment and apply directly at the rental management office.
Public Housing, which is state-owned, affordable rental houses or apartments for low-income families, people who are elderly, and people with disabilities. To apply, contact a public housing agency in your state.
Housing Choice Voucher Program in which you find a rental property yourself, and use the voucher to pay for all or part of the rent. To apply, contact a public housing agency in your state.
If you have trouble contacting your local public housing agency, contact your local HUD field office for help.
If you’re a landlord, learn how you can participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.