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Section 8 Housing Participants To Undergo Rental Challenges In The Market

 The participants of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program tend to face plenty of rental challenges during their search for a housing unit. 

October 5, 2023

Finding a place to rent is coming as a challenge for most of the participants in the Section 8 Housing Choice voucher program. 

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is a federally funded housing program for low-income people, families, and individuals with disabilities. The reason why program participants face challenges in finding rental units is because of limited affordable housing in the private market. 

The study conducted on this reveals that only 29% of the families managed to find a home in 2022. People with disabilities had the hardest time finding a housing unit because of the lack of available rentals and complaints about the Americans with Disabilities Act. The other families might face different rental challenges such as limited financial resources for security deposits and utility hookups. Besides this, the other challenges include poor credit history, and property owners refusing to rent. 

Affordable housing in Guam faces challenges due to the impact of military rental spending, rising development costs, and competition for construction resources with military projects. These factors collectively create barriers to the production of more affordable housing in the area

The audit report also discussed the material weaknesses and deficiencies in internal controls concerning two major federal programs. GHURA is working on resolving these with the ongoing efforts from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

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O’Connor John. “Section 8 participants face rental challenges in the island’s market”. MVariety, October 3, 2023, 

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Last Updated: September 20, 2021