The Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher program subsidizes rent payments for low-income families. Voucher recipients are free to live anywhere, including apartments, condos, townhomes, single-family homes, and are responsible for finding their own housing.
As a landlord, you are not required to rent to tenants because they have a voucher. However, it is against the law to discriminate against any potential tenant based on race, gender, religion, family status, national origin, or the fact that they are enrolled in the Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers program. Though it is not required to rent to tenants simply because they have a voucher, there are some benefits for landlords who do rent to voucher recipients.
Families with a voucher are responsible for paying 30% of their family income toward rent, which is paid directly to their landlord in the same manner other tenants pay rent. The remaining balance is paid directly to the landlord by the Public Housing Agency (PHA) who administers the Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher program in their area. This offers landlords rent security since the bulk of the payment is coming directly from the PHA. You will enter into a traditional lease agreement with the tenant and another agreement with the PHA.