I've been on the section 8 waiting list for close to 2 years. The other day I got a letter saying they needed a written verification of my income. So I went to take it and I talked to this really nice lady. She was like "well it took long enough for you to get off the waiting list, huh? I was TOTALLY suprised because the letter I got didn't say anything about me actually getting it. The lady said she let it slip but when you get that kind of letter is usually means they are working with your file and you should get sec. 8 soon. Does anyone know how section 8 works? How do they decide how much of the rent they will pay? I want to start looking now for a house or an apartment so when I finally find out how much I'll get I"ll already have an idea of what is avaliable....I just don't know what price range to be looking in. If anyone knows how they decide what you get, let me know. THANKS!!!!