Government-assisted housing is when the government pays all or some of your rent, because of your limited income. The Housing Choice Voucher, Section 8 Voucher, and Public Housing are all types of government-assisted housing.
How much can my landlord raise my rent?
The amount of rent you pay in government-assisted housing is based on your household income. In general, you will pay around 30% of your household's monthly adjusted income for rent. If the landlord increases the overall monthly rent for your unit, you may not have to cover that increased rent. The increase may be paid by the government instead.
What if our household income changes?
Any household that gets housing assistance must report any change in household income. You must report to the housing authority or other public agency in charge of the housing assistance program.
If your household income goes down, you must report the change. Then the housing authority or other agency must re-calculate your share of the rent. Usually, the lower rent amount will start on the first of the month after you report the change.
If your household income goes up, you must report the change. Then the housing authority or other agency must re-calculate your share of the rent. Usually, the higher rent amount will start 30 days after you get written notice of the rent increase.