The Uses of Discretionary Authority in the Tenant-Based Section 8 Program
Because the public housing agencies that operate tenant-based Section 8 programs have so much discretionary
authority and because local needs and priorities are so disparate, it is to be expected that there
would be great variation from PHA to PHA in tenant selection preferences, rent policies, and
other policies affecting the housing opportunities available to voucher holders. The purpose of
this study is to document this variation as well as to provide a record of what factors PHAs
considered as they set policies to guide their Section 8 programs.