What is the difference between a subsidized housing complex and the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 program?
There are a number of housing complexes throughout the area which cater to specific populations of low to moderate income consumers. How each one is funded determines the population that the facility can serve and income limits for the facility. Some of these facilities also have subsidized rent. The subsidy is determined by a person’s income, less certain expenses. When a person resides in a facility offering a subsidy, the rent assistance will end when the person leaves the facility.

The Housing Choice Voucher program, commonly referred to as Section 8, offers a similar subsidy as the above mentioned subsidized housing complexes. However, a person is issued a Housing Choice Voucher under this program. That person must find a landlord in the community or a housing complex which is willing to accept the voucher. When a person with the Housing Choice Voucher wishes to move, they can take the voucher, and therefore the subsidy, with them.

For more information on either of these programs, contact the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities or the Cumberland Link. Cumberland County Housing Authority

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1. What does the Cumberland Link do?
2. What is the difference between programs administered through Social Security: SSA, SSD and SSI?
3. What is the difference between a subsidized housing complex and the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 program?
4. Where can I get help with housekeeping?
5. Where can I get assistance with paying my utility bills?
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