First you must determine whether you meet the requirements for Section 8 housing. In order to qualify, your household income must be less than 50% of the median income in your area. You will also need references, a clean criminal background and a good renting history with no evictions. Lastly, you must be a U.S. citizen or have an eligible immigrant status. Collect the documentation needed to complete an application for Section 8 housing. This includes pay stubs, prior tax records, references and a birth certificate. Contact your area’s public housing authority to receive an application. Complete your application. Some examples of the information you will need to provide include: the names of everyone who will be living in the home, previous rental history (including landlords), current address and phone number, household income, bank account and employer name. In addition, you will need to provide an explanation as to why you are applying for Section 8 housing. Be direct and, above all, be honest. An interview may also be needed in order to complete your application. Expect to be placed on the waiting list. The Department of Community Affairs will contact you via mail once your name reaches the top of the waiting list. At this time, you will be given the opportunity to update any information that may have changed since you submitted the application. You will receive a housing voucher once your information is verified. You will be given 60 days to find a residence that meets HUD-requirements. Additionally, the monthly rent must be within your area’s set limits and the landlord must be willing to participate in the Section 8 housing program.