HUD Section 8 Programs

Click here for: Application for Rent Assistance (PDF)

Rental Assistance

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides federal funding for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program administered by Housing Authorities across the country.

The City of Marshalltown administers the Section 8 Program for the following areas:

  • City of Marshalltown
  • Marshall County
  • Hardin County
  • Tama County


An Application for Rent Assistance (PDF) is available to download. You may also stop in the office at 36 North Center Street in Marshalltown for an application. For more information you can reach us at 641-754-5756.

Required Application Items

At the time of application the following items are required.

  • Social Security Cards for ALL household members;
  • Photo ID for all adult (18 and over) household members;
  • Birth certificates or passports for ALL household members;
  • Immigration documentation if applicable.

Administrative Plan

HUD requires that every Housing Agency have an Administrative Plan which is a written document that covers the Housing Agencies policies and procedures regarding how the Section 8 Program is administered.

As the regulations established by HUD often are changing, so may the administrative plan, in order to remain consistent with HUD. Contact the Housing Office with questions concerning these policies and procedures.

A copy of the Administrative Plan is available for viewing at the Housing Office.

Agency Plan

HUD requires that every Housing Agency have a 5-Year and Annual Agency Plan which is a written document that covers the Housing Authorities policies, procedures, goals and objectives for the Section 8 Program.

The Annual portion of the Agency plan is reviewed and approved once a year by the Resident Advisory Board, the Public Housing Agency Governing Board, and the City Council. The 5-Year portion is only reviewed and approved every fifth year. This plan is then submitted to HUD for approval.

A copy of the Agency Plan is available for viewing at the Housing Office, the Marshalltown Public Library and is available in.pdf format, in Housing Resources.

Landlord Information

The City does not own any housing units that can be used for rental assistance. The availability of units is dependant upon the cooperation with landlords in the communities we serve.

It is optional for a landlord to participate with the Section 8 Program, and renting to one tenant with assistance does not mandate that the landlord rent to all individuals with assistance.

The Housing Agency cannot screen tenants; it is up to the landlord to perform standard reference, credit, employment, criminal, and other applicable checks, in addition to having the potential tenant complete any application required by the landlord. The Housing Agency can provide the potential landlord with the last known address of the tenant and the last known landlord.

None of the information provided by the Housing Agency should be used to replace legal council or representation.


HUD requires all Housing Agencies to establish a Resident Advisory Board and a Governing Board.

Summary Sheet

This printable document summarizes the Section 8 Rent Assistance Program including who is eligible, income guidelines, and tenant and owner responsibilities.

The printable Summary Sheet (PDF) is available to download.