Housing assistance helps provide struggling families with the means to acquire and maintain safe, affordable housing. While there are many housing assistance programs available, one of the most popular programs is Section 8. Section 8 offers monthly monetary assistance towards rental costs for qualifying households. If you think you qualify, you will need to apply directly through your local housing authority and be placed on a waiting list. You can learn more about Section 8, how it works, and local preferences that may put you toward the top of the waiting list when you download our free guide.