Unit Size Guidelines for Section 8 Voucher Holders (Learn How Many Bedrooms You May Be Eligible For)

When you apply for Section 8 housing, you’re primarily concerned with finding an affordable home. For that reason, it’s usually the cost of rent that is worthy of the most consideration. It is not the only factor that a Section 8 applicant needs to ponder. What are you getting for your money? Sure, it’s a cheap place to stay, but will it accommodate your family? Though equally important, it is rare for apartment size and occupancy to garner such attention.

Below you will find a brief primer detailing common size/eligibility guidelines. Keep in mind that this may not apply to your specific state, county, or township. In order to obtain neighborhood-specific information, you must contact your local housing authority.



Different home sizes

As the home gets bigger, it is able to accommodate larger families with greater variety. Below are common arrangements for Section 8 units of varying sizes. All pairs of adults represent married or cohabitating unmarried couples. Any children marked with an asterisk must be below a maximum age restriction (usually five or ten years) established by the local housing authority.


– Usually suitable for no more than one adult.

One bedroom

– Sometimes available for single adults

– 2 adults

Two bedroom

– 1-2 adults and a single child

– 1-2 adults and two same-sex children

– 1-2 adults and two opposite-sex children*

– 3 adults (one couple)

Three bedroom

– 1-2 adults and 2 opposite sex children*

– 3 uncoupled adults

– 1-2 adults and 3 children, with one of an opposite sex from the others

– 2 uncoupled adults and 2 opposite-sex children*

– 4 adults, including 1 couple

– 2 adults and 3 children, with one of an opposite sex from the others

– 2 adults and 4 children, 2 of each sex

– 2 adults and 4 children of the same sex

– 2 adults and 4 children, different sexes*

Four bedroom

– 4 uncoupled adults

– 2 uncoupled adults and 2 opposite sex children

– 1 adult and 4 children, 3 of one sex

– 3 uncoupled adults and 2 children of same sex

– 1-2 adult and 5 children, split 2:3 between the sexes

– 2 adults and 4 children, 2 of one sex and 2 of different sexes*

– 3 adults, one uncoupled, and 4 children, split into 2 same-sex pairs

– 2 adults and 6 children, split into 3 same-sex pairs

– 2 adults and 6 children*

Overlap and questions

There are lots of combinations of living arrangements permissible in Section 8 housing, assuming that all occupants are eligible. Some of the groupings above may seem repetitive. Others may not satisfy your curiosity. To get the official breakdown for your specific situation, you should contact the housing authority in your area.