Most federal rental assistance is used to rent units in privately owned properties. Under the Housing Choice Voucher program,
the local housing agency distributes vouchers to qualified families who then conduct their own housing searches and identify
private apartments with rents within the local housing agency’s rent payment standards.
Under the public housing program, the agency is responsible for all aspects of managing the property including collecting tenant
rent payments and HUD subsidies, maintaining the housing, and managing waiting lists. Under the Section 8 Project-based Rental
Assistance program, the same tasks carried out by public agencies under the Housing Choice Vouchers and Public Housing Programs are carried out by private owners of the assisted properties.