Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)

Housing Choice Vouchers make private-market housing affordable for low-income families and individuals. The Missoula Housing Authority administers Housing Choice Vouchers (commonly called “Section 8 Vouchers,” referring to the section of the United States Housing Act of 1937 that authorizes them) and forms a partnership with tenants and landlords to provide housing opportunities throughout the City of Missoula and outside the city limits within a ten-mile radius. Through the Housing Choice Voucher program, 774 families have secured quality housing in neighborhoods of their choice in Missoula.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, the Housing Authority pays a fixed amount toward the rent, based on the tenant’s income and the Housing Authority’s approved payment standards (PDF). Initially, the tenant must pay at least 30 percent but no more than 40 percent of their monthly income for rent and utilities. Participants can use a voucher to rent units from landlords willing to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher program.

To be eligible, your household income must be at or below 50 percent of the area median income (download our Payment Standards PDF to see what the standard is). People eligible for vouchers are chosen from the waiting list kept at the MHA office.

Information for Current Voucher Holders

Current participants can get more information from the Voucher participants page.

Information for Landlords

If you’re a landlord with tenants on Section 8 or who is interested in the program, you can find information to help answer your questions in the Landlords section.

Special Programs with Housing Choice Vouchers

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)

Families on the HCV program who want to begin working can take advantage of the FSS program, which rewards increased earned income.

Homeownership Vouchers

Families who have participated for at least a year and have full-time work or receive disability can apply to use their voucher assistance in purchasing a home.

Project Based

These vouchers are assigned to specific addresses. If a tenant chooses to move, the assistance remains at that specific address. After a year, tenants wishing to move may be eligible for a Housing Choice Voucher. Rent paid by the client is based on household income. Project Based Voucher waiting lists are specific to the properties where the vouchers are assigned.