Rental Assistance Programs

There are several federal and local programs available to help you pay rent and secure affordable rental housing. The programs listed below have different benefits and eligibility requirements – explore the options to see which one could fit your needs.

HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, formerly “Section 8,” helps individuals and families afford stable, sustainable housing across the country. The voucher covers a portion of rent, and the renter pays the remaining amount (usually about 30% of income). You can find out more about how the program works and whether you qualify by visiting our HCV page.

Public Housing

HUD’s public housing program serves qualifying low-income households, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Local public housing agencies (PHAs) help these groups find safe, affordable places to live, which can range from rural homes to city apartments. To find out more, visit the HUD Fact Sheet, or if you would like to apply, contact your local PHA.

Privately-Owned Subsidized Housing

Some affordable housing programs help landlords provide lower-cost units to households that can’t pay full price. To search HUD’s directory of affordable apartments, visit this site and select “Find Affordable Housing Properties Near Me” or “Find Affordable Elderly or Special Needs Housing."

State and Local Rental Assistance Programs

Certain cities and states are offering emergency rental assistance to households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re unable to pay rent or utilities due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for assistance and can search the program database provided by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

For more resources, please visit our Here to Help page for renters.

Fannie Mae’s role in affordable rental housing

Fannie Mae is the leading provider of financing to the nation’s rental housing market. It’s our mission to ensure that working families and individuals have access to quality, affordable rental housing in communities across the country.