Section 8 Rental Assistance

PUBLIC NOTICE

Our Section 8 Waiting List is now CLOSED until further notice.

Section 8 Vouchers can help people with low incomes rent safe and affordable housing.

  1. Application Process

As with most subsidized programs, there is a waiting list for the Section 8 Program. It is very difficult to tell you how long you will have to wait for a Voucher, but it is not unusual to be on the wait list for several years. Applications are weighted by date and time of submission. This application will place you on our waiting list only, and does not in any way guarantee you a Voucher. Waiting list times vary greatly.

  1. Certification

Once an applicant reaches the top of the waiting list, they must be determined eligible. If eligible, the applicant receives a Housing Voucher Certificate and is able to begin looking for housing.

  1. Program Rent Limits

Rental limits are set by the US Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD). A qualified Section 8 participant must find a unit at a cost which falls within the size of their assistance and the payment standards. A rent reasonableness analysis by the Housing Authority office determines if the rent is comparable to other non-assisted rents in the immediate area. Call the Housing Authority for market rent ceiling caps on 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom housing units as the numbers change often.

  1. Participation of Landlords & Tenants

Participating landlords in the Section 8 Voucher Program sign a Housing Assistance Payments Contract with the Housing Authority in addition to a one-year lease agreement with the tenant. The landlord and tenant are not authorized to make any type of supplemental agreement for any portion of rent, which exceeds the contract rent, and the family's portion calculated by the Housing Authority. Private landlords are NOT obligated to participate in the Section 8 program.

  1. Inspection

All assisted units must be in a safe, decent, and sanitary condition as established by HUD Housing Quality Standards. All units are inspected before admission into the program and annually thereafter.

The above is a general outline of the program. Other rules, regulations, and requirements can and do exist. You will be informed of all of your obligations before admission into the Section 8 program.