I just helped a section 8 renter purchase a starter home through the Marin Housing Authority who assited them with the section 8 program as renters.
The family is a wonderful, hardworking family with parents owning a local small business and three boys who are wonderful and very accomplished students, but Marin housing market is tough and Section 8 was able to help them. I went to the house they were renting, and they kept it immaculate inside and out.
The Marin Housing Authority helped them pay part of the mortgage and advised them throughout the purchase process.
I think it always helps to explore the program.