Did Biden Say He Grew Up in Section 8 Housing?

It appears that some social media users misheard — or misrepresented — a remark made during an ABC News town hall.

  • Published 20 October 2020

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Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he grew up in section 8 housing during a town hall debate.

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In October 2020, a claim started to circulate social media positing that Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he grew up in Section 8 housing: 

This claim is based on something Biden said during an ABC News town hall on Oct. 15, 2020. But while Biden did mention Section 8 housing during this event — a reference to a section of the U.S. Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 that offered assistance to low-income Americans — he never said that he lived in Section 8 housing. 

What Biden did say was that he used to live in a building that “much later” became Section 8 housing.

Here’s a transcript of Biden’s comment from ABC News:

Look, this is the way every other, how do most, like my dad, he lost his job up in Scranton and it took him three years to be able — he moved down to Delaware to Claymont (inaudible), a little steel town. And sent us home to our grandpop to live with him.

We finally got back, we lived in apartments. Became Section 8 housing much later, it wasn’t — it was just normal apartments. But it took him five years to be able to buy a home.

Biden made this comment while he was responding to a question about why the Black community should support his bid to win the presidency. This portion of the town hall begins at the 1:24:50 mark of the following video. Biden’s comment about Section 8 housing can be seen at 1:30:45.

Biden did not say that he used to live in Section 8 housing. He said that he lived in a building that “much later” became Section 8 housing.