I Would Not Have Anywhere to Go Understanding Section 8 Housing Subsidy Loss in New York City


In 2004, Vera partnered with the NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development and two direct service agencies to learn more about the factors that place Section 8 Housing Choice Program voucher holders in the Bronx and Brooklyn at risk of losing their housing subsidy. Surveys covered a number of topics including demographics, economic resources, housing situation, household and family status, and understanding of and experiences with the Section 8 program. The survey data was subsequently analyzed to identify salient themes and trends. We found that while the Section 8 program in New York City is increasingly overstretched, it was a vital resource for everyone that was surveyed.