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Homes and Community Renewal

Statewide Section 8 Program

Office of Housing Preservation

The Statewide Section 8 Program was created in 1976 to administer the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Section 8 vouchers and certificates across New York State. Our goal is to provide tenant based housing assistance in the form of Housing Choice Vouchers to eligible low and very-low income families living in the State of New York.

Today, the Statewide Section 8 Program provides housing assistance to nearly 40,300 families. Approximately 18,000 landlords receive housing assistance payments of over $350,000,000 annually

Local Administrators

The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program through sub-contracts with Local Administrators, in most instances on a county-wide basis. These Local Administrators make all day-to-day administrative decisions based on their community's needs in accordance with U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations. This relationship has proven to be an effective way of administering programs and maximizing local and Statewide resources. HCR Local Administrators operate Section 8 Programs in the following counties:

Allegany Jefferson Seneca
Cattaraugus Lewis Steuben
Cayuga Livingston St. Lawrence
Chautauqua Madison Suffolk
Chemung Nassau Sullivan
Chenango Niagara Tioga
Clinton Oneida Tompkins
Columbia Ontario Ulster
Delaware Orange Washington
Dutchess Orleans Wayne
Essex Oswego Westchester
Franklin Otsego Wyoming
Genesee Putnam Yates
Greene Rockland  
Hamilton Saratoga  
Herkimer Schuyler  

Programs and Services

New York City Section 8 Program

The HCR Subsidy Services Bureau currently manages over 7,300 vouchers subsidizing low income families within the five boroughs including 3565 Tenant Protection Vouchers awarded to HCR by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Approximately 50% of voucher recipients are elderly and/or disabled persons on fixed incomes.

Enhanced Section 8 Outreach Program

The Enhanced Section 8 Outreach Program (ESOP), located in downtown Yonkers, New York, is a HCR Local Section 8 Administrator. ESOP is a special fair housing mobility office that has assisted over 500 participants to date in securing quality housing in economically and racially mixed neighborhoods of Westchester County.

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is administered in more than 30 counties throughout New York State and assists low-income families in achieving self-sufficiency and attaining economic stability within a five-year period. More than 1,500 families are currently enrolled in HCR’s FSS Program, and more than 2,000 families have graduated from the program since 1998.

Homeownership Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Home Ownership Program enables current eligible rental participants to use their voucher subsidy toward a mortgage payment. Since the year 2000, this program has successfully assisted 328 families in achieving home ownership making HCR one of the leading PHAs in the United States for Section 8 homeownership closings.

Family Unification Program

HCR administers the federal Family Unification Program (FUP) under which Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers are provided to families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the separation, or the threat of imminent separation, of children from their families. Vouchers awarded under the FUP program are administered in accordance with HUD regulations for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.


Mark Colon - President
Daniel Buyer - Assistant Commissioner, Section 8 and Rental Assistance
Joseph Abate - Director, Housing Choice Voucher Program

For more information, call the HCR Statewide Section 8 Program or e-mail