Section 8 Housing Assistance


The waiting list is currently open! Click the "Online Application" link here or to the left to apply online.

Due to COVID-19 protocol our offices are currently closed to the public. We are still working, but office hours are limited and there may be a delay in returning phone calls. Assistance checks will still be mailed out. If you have lost your job due to the COVID-19 recommendations, please contact Iowa Workforce to apply for unemployment first. Once you know if/how much unemployment you will be receiving, please contact us with that information for your assistance to be adjusted. Information needs to be received by the 20th of the month to make changes for the following 1st of the month. Please mail any paperwork you need to get to us at: Section 8 Housing, 220 Clay St., Cedar Falls IA 50613.

Housing Choice Voucher HUD Waivers due to COVID-19


The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To be eligible for Section 8, a household must first meet income requirements. All Section 8 participants must have an initial gross annual income of less than 50% of area median income. Under the program, the tenant pays a minimum of 30% of their income toward their housing costs. The program pays the difference between the rent amount and household income, up to a set payment standard.

INCOME LIMITS: Effective 4-1-2021

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
50% 25,950 29,650 33,350 37,050 40,050 43,000 45,950 48,950

PAYMENT STANDARDS: Effective 1/1/2020

O Bed 1 Bed 2 Beds 3 Beds 4 Beds 5 Beds 6 Beds
651 737 922 1222 1554 1787 2020


Housing Assistance Office (319) 273-8669
220 Clay Street, First Floor (Check in at the front window)


Click the "Online Application" link here or to the left to apply online.


We want to ensure equal access and participation of all persons interested in our housing programs. If you have a disability requiring an accommodation for participation in the program, please let us know. To request a Reasonable Accommodation you must complete and return the Reasonable Accommodation form. Examples of an accommodation may include:

  • A change in the way we communicate with you or give you information;  
  • A person-to-person meeting to help explain program rules;  
  • An interpreter (sign language for hearing impaired);
  • Large print documents (for visually impaired);
  • A change in a rule or policy that will provide an equal opportunity for you or your family to participate in the program.


Cedar Falls has adopted local preferences as outlined below. Applicants will be assigned applicable local preferences, based on the documentation provided with the application.  

PREFERENCE 1 Families who have legal domicile in Cedar Falls or work in Cedar Falls.

Elderly Head of Household (62 years or older).

Disabled Head of Household.

Photo ID and social security cards for all adults.

Birthdates /social security number for all dependent children.

Lease or utility bill in the name of the applicant, showing residence within city limits of Cedar Falls (if applicable).

Letter or paystub from a business operating in Cedar Falls (if applicable).

Receipt of SSI or Statement of Disability form (if applicable).
PREFERENCE 2 Families who do not have legal domicile in Cedar Falls. Photo ID and social security card for adults.

Birthdates and social security numbers for all children.

PREFERENCE 3 Single non-elderly, non-disabled individuals. Photo ID and social security card.


Due to the number of applications on file, calls to inquire about your number on the Waiting List are discouraged. If you are contacting the office to ask about your number on the Waiting List, staff will only advise you if your application is active.


The City of Cedar Falls will not discriminate against any applicant, participant, or any client because of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin or ancestry, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or familial status; nor will any criteria be applied, nor information be considered, pertaining to attributes or behavior that may be imputed by some to a particular group or category.


Your rental assistance is important. We want those who qualify to have every opportunity to participate in the program. All participants have certain responsibilities to ensure the funds are being properly spent and to make sure that the participant is paying the proper amount of rent that is affordable and correctly calculated. Participants who do not accept their responsibilities will be terminated from the program.


Owners interested in participating in the Section 8 program may contact the Housing Assistance Office at (319) 273-8669. To participate, owners must have no ongoing code enforcement issues and must meet all other local rental property requirements. Properties must pass an initial Housing Quality Standards Inspection. Units are inspected every other year after the initial inspection.