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Section 8 Assistance Eligibility

Anyone pursuing housing assistance in the Sebastian County metropolitan area should apply for housing assistance through FSHA.

The FSHA determines initial eligibility based on three factors:

  1. Annual gross income*
  2. Federal preference
  3. Criminal record. 

FSHA may request further documentation to determine if the applicant qualifies. FSHA will deny Section 8 applicants who demonstrates negative actions or behaviors which will have a detrimental effect on the neighboring residents and environment. 

*The FSHA uses income guidelines established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Below are the guidelines for the Sebastian County area.

2017 Established Income Limits by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Extremely Low Income 

(Subsidized Housing)

Very Low Income 50% of Median
(Section 8 Voucher)

Low-Income Income 80% of Median

1 Person

$12,060

    $17,450

$27,900

2 Person

$16,240

$19,950

$31,900

3 Person

$20,420

$22,450

$35,900

4 Person

$24,600

$24,900

$39,850

5 Person

$26,900

$26,900

$43,050

6 Person

$28,900

$28,900

$46,250

7 Person

$30,900

$30,900

$49,450

8 Person

$32,900

$32,900

$52,650

Median Income - $49,800

Sebastian County is part of the Fort Smith, AR-OK HUD Metro Fair Market Rent Area which includes:  Crawford County, AR; Sebastian County, AR; and Sequoyah County, OK.

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