Section 8 Housing Program

Lebanon Housing Authority as a public housing agency servicing the City of Lebanon strives to provide affordable, decent, safe and sanitary housing to income-eligible residents in the community. In order to accommodate the needs of families and seniors who desire to remain in or locate to privately owned and managed properties in varied settings and different neighborhoods, LHA administers a rental subsidy program.

LHA provides rent subsidies for eligible lower income families in private housing around the community through the HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Successful applicants must meet HUD income and eligibility guidelines. In this tenant-based program families must seek out privately-owned rental housing within the City of Lebanon. Each selected property must be inspected by LHA to ensure compliance with HUD Housing Quality Standards and safety codes and, the rent must be within an approved range for the family. Once lease approval is granted, LHA disburses monthly Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) to a landlord on behalf of the participating family based on family income and HUD Payment Standards linked to family size.

Fair Market Rents / Payment Standards

Grafton County, NH (LHA approved Payment Standards in brackets)

Date Effective 0 BR 1 BR 2 BR 3 BR 4 BR
HUD 10/01/2023 891 1001 1315 1708 1940
LHA 04/01/2024 (1069) (1201) (1578) (2049) (2328)

Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) authorizes housing assistance to aid lower income families in renting decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Assistance payments are limited by Fair Market Rents (FMR's) established by HUD for different areas. In general, the FMR for an area is the amount that would be needed to pay the gross rent (shelter rent plus utilities except telephone and cable TV) of privately owned, decent, safe, and sanitary rental housing of a modest (non-luxury) nature with suitable amenities. The FMR's shown are effective as of the date indicated.

In the Housing Choice Voucher Program, FMRs are utilized as baseline program Payment Standards which by regulation may vary from 90% to 110% of FMRs. The Payment Standard for each dwelling unit size, linked by family size to the number of bedrooms on the voucher, determines the maximum level of housing assistance, remaining unchanged if larger units are selected, but decreasing by BR size if smaller units are selected. Participants on the Section 8 Voucher Program must pay the balance of the total monthly unit rent in excess of the maximum subsidy available but not to exceed 40% of the family’s monthly adjusted income at initial leaseups.


To apply for Section 8 Housing Assistance, please view our LHA Applications page to access the ONLINE APPLICATION or print and complete the PAPER APPLICATION along with DEBTS OWED NOTICE (Form HUD-52675) and SUPPLEMENT TO APPLICATION (Form HUD-92006).