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Who is Eligible to Receive Rental Assistance?

Eligibility for Sioux City Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is based on gross income (before taxes) and family size. The table below shows the income limits we use to determine if you are eligible.

Income Guidelines

Eligibility for the Housing Choice Voucher program must follow income guidelines determined by HUD for Sioux City.
The guidelines are updated annually for all entitlement cities by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) based on prevailing housing markets, area incomes, construction costs and fair market rents.

To be determined eligible to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, your total gross household income may not exceed the following limits.

Section 8 Income Maximums Number of Persons in Family

Persons in Family
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Income Limits $26,250 $30,000
$37,500 $40,500 $43,500 $46,500 $49,500

*Income Limits are updated by HUD on an annual basis

Application Process

In order to receive Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program assistance, please apply online at www.sioux-city.org/housing

Wait time is dependent on how many participants leave the program each month, funding availability, and the date and time of application.

Do I need to bring anything?

Yes, social security cards for all family members, an official birth certificate for each household member (naturalization papers for non-U.S. birth certificates), and a state issued photo identification (such as a driver's license) for each adult is required within 10  DAYS of completing the online application. 

Documents to complete your application are accepted in person Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You may submit the required documentation in person, or by mail. Faxes are not accepted. At this time, the Housing Authority is not accepting applications or accompanying information by email due to the security risks. Please do not mail originals. 

Our office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Once we have determined that you meet our program requirements you will be notified in writing that you have been placed on our waiting list.


Currently, the demand for housing assistance in Sioux City exceeds our program resources. This means that qualified applicants are placed onto our waiting list. SCHA recognizes the federal preferences for applicants who have been involuntarily displaced through no fault of their own, those who have lost their home because of floor or fire, or those who need to move to avoid reprisals (like someone in a witness protection program). SCHA has established some local preferences for applicants including:

  • A preference for those who are employed or going to school
  • A preference for those who are receiving unemployment benefits
  • A preference for applicants who are disabled or elderly
  • A  preference for those who live, work, or have been hired to work or physically attend school in Sioux City, Iowa city limits, Woodbury or Plymouth County, Iowa; Dakota County, Nebraska; or Union County, South Dakota

Applicants who receive one or more of these preferences will move ahead of those with no preferences on the waiting list. 

Please review Sioux City Housing Authority's Important Documents tab to review additional resources on writing for vital records, admission preferences, and additional eligibility criteria and policies.