Section 8

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is open to applications.

Applicants may apply through Haven Connect online application at

Applicants with the Residency Preference will be sorted ahead of any who do not. Applicants without the residency preference may never be processed.  

If you have questions about Section 8 see below or the Section 8 FAQ. If you have additional questions, email or call (928) 213-2730 for more information. Below you'll find information on Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Single-Room Occupancy-Moderate Rehabilitation (SRO-Mod) vouchers, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs), Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers, and Mainstream vouchers. 

  1. What is Section 8?
  2. Applying for Vouchers
  3. S8 Participant Info
  4. S8 Landlord Info

What is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program offers rent assistance that enables low-income families and individuals to rent from a private landlord with monthly rental assistance administered by the Housing Authority.

If you are interested in Section 8 Portability, see "S8 Participant Info." 

It is common to have questions. We've collected many of our most asked questions with detailed answers in our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

See also the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan (Admin Plan, PDF).

What vouchers does the City of Flagstaff manage?

The City of Flagstaff Housing Authority oversees various voucher types:

  • Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers are the most common vouchers. The waiting list for these vouchers opens periodically and applicants can use vouchers to subsidize their rent at a conventional market rental with a landlord interested in participating in Section 8. As of September 1, 2021, this waiting list is open.

    A limited number of Homeless Vouchers are dedicated to those experiencing homelessness; those experiencing homelessness may qualify for a non-homeless voucher before they would receive a dedicated homelessness voucher. In addition, Mainstream Vouchers are dedicated to households with a non-senior person with a disability. These vouchers are drawn from the same waiting list for Housing Choice Vouchers and do not require a separate application. 
  • Single-Room Occupancy-Moderate Rehabilitation (SRO-Mod Rehab) Vouchers are issued by the Flagstaff Housing Authority in collaboration with the The Guidance Center. These vouchers serve individuals experiencing homelessness with disabilities in a congregate residential setting. Vouchers are issued only through a referral process, beginning with case work from the The Guidance Center
  • Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Vouchers are issued to veterans and their families experiencing homelessness. These vouchers are available by VA referral only.
  • Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Vouchers serve young people, aged 18-24, who are aging out of the foster care system. Vouchers are issued only by referral from the Arizona Department of Child Safety (AZ DCS).
  • Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) serve individuals and families who are homeless; at-risk of homelessness; fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; or were recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability. Vouchers are issued only be referral from the Front Door Coordinated Intake System.  

For more specifics on voucher type, see "Applying for Vouchers."

Who participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Section 8 Program assists low-income households who meet income and eligibility guidelines. In general, the family's income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the area (see below) in which the family chooses to live. By law, the Housing Authority must provide 75% of its vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income.

What are the income limits?

Median1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30% of Median$19,100$21,800$24,860$30,000$35,140$40,280$45,420$50,560
50% of Median$31,850$36,400$40,950$45,450$49,100$52,750$56,400$60,000

Current Payment Standards were updated May 2023.

What are the payment standards for Section 8?

Bedroom Size0 Bedroom1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom4 Bedroom5 Bedroom6 Bedroom
Payment Standard$1,532$1,569$1,938$2,368$2,864$3,019$3,413
Fair Market Rent$1,227$1,308$1,615$1,974$2,387$2,745$3,103

Current Payment Standards were updated September 26, 2022 and effective October 2, 2022.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible, one must:

  • Meet income guidelines by earning no more than 50% of AMI
  • All adults must pass a criminal background check
  • Have at least one family member who is a U.S. Citizen or has eligible Immigration status

How is rental assistance provided?

The level of assistance a household receives is based upon family size and income. A household is expected to pay 30% of its total monthly adjusted income toward the monthly rent. Each month, the Housing Authority makes housing assistance payments directly to the landlord to make up the difference. 

What are the tenants' responsibilities?

The renter must pay all rent and utilities that are not covered by the lease. Because the family is receiving assistance, the rent burden is reduced, enabling the family to pay rent more easily and on time. Renters must pay their rent on time according to the terms of their lease.

Commonly Used Forms and Resources