Section 8

Housing Choice Voucher programs offer low-income individuals and families the opportunity to search for both a housing type and neighborhood of their choice. Section 8 Vouchers can be used at any qualifying privately owned property, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments.

The Housing Choice Voucher programs allow a greater level of mobility. The vouchers are attached to the individual, instead of being linked to the property. Therefore, a Section 8 voucher holder can move to a different unit in town or even to a different area, as long as there is a comparable Housing Choice Voucher program.

All Section 8 properties are regularly inspected for compliance with program standards.

Section 8 programs also offer the benefit of services that provide support in seeking additional employment and educational opportunities.

KCDC’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program will accept online applications the second Wednesday of every month beginning August 10, 2016 from 8 a.m. until 3p.m. Please apply online and applications will be processed by date and time received. For more information, click here.

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Knoxville, TN 37915
Phone: 865-403-1234

Our Programs


Housing Choice Vouchers allow participants to select any qualifying market rent apartment in the private rental market. The residents will pay a percent of their adjusted current income, and the housing voucher will provide the difference to the participating landlord.

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Through the HUD-VASH program, KCDC administers subsidized housing vouchers that allow homeless veterans in the agency’s service area to obtain safe, affordable and permanent residence. Additionally, Veterans Affairs social workers provide case management and develop treatment plans to support veterans as they transition out of homelessness.

This program is intended to assist chronically homeless veterans. Applicants must meet specific criteria to qualify:

  • Be homeless – an individual or family who lacks a fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence. Homeless veterans are those who reside in a place not meant for human habitation or an emergency shelter situation.
  • Be imminently homeless with appropriate documentation.
  • Be eligible for VA health care.
  • Have a need for case management.

To learn if you qualify and apply for the program, call the VA Homeless Team at 865-670-2369.

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The Homeownership Program allows participants to use Section 8 vouchers to work towards owning their home. The program supplements payments towards a 15- to 20-year mortgage. First-time home buyer participants must have a Section 8 rental voucher; be employed for at least one year at a qualifying income level or receive disability benefits; not be in debt with a housing agency; complete home education training; and have a good credit score and adequate savings.

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KCDC’s Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program attaches vouchers to privately owned units that are rehabilitated. KCDC has a Housing Assistance Payments contract with the property owner for specific units. The rental assistance voucher is tied to the unit and not to the tenant.

KCDC has contracts with the following properties:

  • Jacksboro Arms Apartments – 5021 Jacksboro Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918
  • Pruett Place Apartments – 121 Pruett Place, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
  • Southmont Apartments – 1415 Moody Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

Eligible families are placed on KCDC’s Moderate Rehabilitation waiting list. When vacancies occur in a Moderate Rehabilitation property, KCDC refers eligible applicants to the property owner, who selects participants for occupancy.

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The Family Self-Sufficiency program assists participants in achieving greater economic independence and self-sufficiency through mentorship to assist and incentivize KCDC voucher holders in gaining or improving their employment and earned income. An assigned case manager helps participants develop and reach training, education and employment goals. The participant and the FSS case manager meet regularly to ensure participants are working to meet their goals. For every program participant, when there is an increase in earned income, KCDC establishes an interest-bearing bank account; deposits are made based on increases in earned income of the participant. Upon completion of all program requirements, the amount in the account is paid to the participant.

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Section 8 Programs FAQs

A priority of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to broaden housing choices for low-income families. With the implementation of the Section 8 Program in 1976, certificate and voucher holders were encouraged to move to an area outside minority and poverty concentration. Mobility or portability was further expanded with the Section 8 Conforming Rule that was effective Oct. 2, 1995.

Housing Choice Voucher holders can use the voucher to rent available units.

To move outside the city limits of Knoxville, the portability feature applies.

Participants with Housing Choice Vouchers have the HUD statutory right to lease an eligible unit anywhere in the United States with a governing voucher program (portability feature). Also, an applicant receiving a new voucher who lived in KCDC’s jurisdiction when he/she applied for rental assistance, has the statutory right to move under these same conditions.

If participants decide to move, they must inform KCDC of the area to which they wish to relocate. KCDC will determine if the housing agency in the new area administers a voucher program. KCDC will notify the housing agency to determine proper procedures and provide information and guidance to the participant to expedite the process.

Reasons for Relocating

  • Safety
    Move from a high-crime area
  • Education
    Better schools and educational opportunities
  • Employment
    Closer to job opportunities
  • Medical
    Closer to medical facilities
  • Family Support
    Closer to family members living out of town
  • Transportation
    Closer to bus lines or other public services

The portability feature enables participants to select the neighborhood, community, city or state of their preference. KCDC recognizes that moving is part of life, and staff are trained to help with this process. A copy of United States Housing Agencies is available upon request.

Facts to Consider if You Plan to Move

  • The new housing agency’s payment standard is applicable
  • The new housing agency’s occupancy standards may change the bedroom size of your voucher
  • The new housing agency has the right to screen for criminal activity
  • You should manage the move so you have enough time to arrive and complete the voucher transition with the Housing Agency before your voucher expires, otherwise you may lose your assistance
The Department of Housing and Urban Development uses fair market rents to determine a voucher payment standard, which determines how much housing assistance payments should be paid monthly through Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers for a particular community and bedroom size.


The monthly housing assistance is the difference between the payment standard and 30 percent of the monthly adjusted family income.  In determining the initial housing assistance payment for the family, KCDC will use the payment standard in effect on the date the lease is approved.  The family may choose to rent a unit for more or less than the payment standard, but the choice does not change the amount of the assistance payment.


Fair Market Rents – Effective October 1, 2017
(Maximum Amount For Contract Rent And Utility Allowance)
Room # 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
Fair Market Rent 549 694 846 1097 1417 1629 1842



Knox County Voucher Payment Standards – Effective July 1, 2017
Room # 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
Fair Market Rent 541 676 819 1068 1388 1596 1803
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When the Section 8 voucher waiting list is closed, check this website for notifications that the waiting list will be opened. If you have already submitted an application, please keep your contact information updated using the participant portal.

Please view our other affordable housing options on our housing page.

Notification that the waiting list will be opened will be posted in advance to this website. When the waiting list is opened, fill out your application using our Participant Portal. If you have already created an application, log into the Participant Portal and ensure that your information is up-to-date.

The online process is the quickest, most efficient way to submit your application for consideration while avoiding lines at the rental office. While individuals wait in line at the rental office, other applications will arrive through the online application.

Click here to visit our Participant Portal to view the status of the waiting list and your application.