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Housing Choice Voucher Program

Our current waitlist (over 1400 families) reflects a great need for affordable housing in Tallahassee. Currently, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program serves approximately 2,000 families per month.  At this time, the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waiting list is closed and THA is not accepting applications for this program.  Before the waiting list is scheduled to reopen, notice will be provided to the public.  

Housing Choice Voucher Program Information

Some describe it as "rental/housing assistance", because it is available to extremely-low to low income residents of Leon County and is used to assist the family in meeting the goals of affordable housing and in preparation for home-ownership and/or financial stability. 

The Tallahassee Housing Authority has 1,835 housing choice vouchers in its Section 8 Program. The program is a federally funded (HUD) program, which subsidizes the rent for eligible low income households in the private sector. Rents for the units must be reasonable and pass the Housing Quality Standards inspection. THA conducts the inspections and determines the reasonableness of the rent request. The Section 8 family pays a percentage (generally 30% to 40% of its monthly income for shelter plus utilities) and the THA pays the difference directly to the owner of the unit. 

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What is Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)

The Section 8 program involves private landlords who wish to lease their apartments or houses to our clients. The advantage to the participant is rental assistance, a home that meets or exceeds Housing Quality Standards, and the Family Self-Sufficiency program. The advantage to the landlord is that on the first business day of each month a check is placed in the mail to them or electronically deposited into their bank account of choice for the housing authority's portion of the rent and they can also list vacant apartments for individuals seeking a new place to live.

Status of Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List:  CLOSED

Participating in the HCV Program (Section 8)

Responsibilities of the housing authority, owner and assisted families:

The HCV Program depends on a cooperative relationship between the housing authority, assisted family and owner or property manager. The following summarizes the responsibilities of each party.

The Housing Authority's Responsibilities:

  • Reviews all applicants to determine families' eligibility for the program.
  • Explains the rules of the program to families and property owners/managers.
  • Issues vouchers to families.
  • Inspects the housing assisted units for compliance with housing quality standards.
  • Approves the unit, owner, and lease.
  • Makes housing assistance payments to the owner in a timely manner.
  • Re-examines the family's income and composition annually and adjust the rent and process changes in rent portions when the income of the family composition changes.
  • Ensures owners and families comply with the program rules.
  • Provides prompt, professional service to owners and participating families.

The Owner's Responsibilities:

  • Thoroughly screens and interviews families who apply.
  • Maintains the property by making necessary repairs in a timely manner.
  • Collects application fees, security deposits, and the tenant's monthly rent portion.
  • Manages the property and enforces the lease.
  • Complies with the terms of the Housing Assistance Payment Contract and HUD Tenancy addendum.
  • Complies with all fair housing laws and not improperly discriminate against any family.
  • Notifies the housing authority if a tenant vacates the unit and returns the housing assistance payments received after a family vacates a unit.
  • Notifies the housing authority of any owner change immediately so payment to the new landlord will not be delayed.

The Family's Responsibilities:

  • Provides the housing authority with complete and accurate information pertaining to the family income and composition.
  • Reports changes in income and family composition that happens throughout the year.
  • Locates a suitable unit and pay the security deposit and application fee to the owner.
  • Attends scheduled appointments and return documents on time.
  • Maintains the property and minor repairs.
  • Complies with the terms of the lease.
  • Pays their portion of the rent on time to the owner.
  • Complies with all family obligations under the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

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Becoming a Section 8 Landlord

Becoming a Section 8 landlord is easy.  If you have or will have an available unit, visit the THA Landlord Page  to add your listing to the available listings page.  This information will be added to the appropriate bedroom size list.  The list is then made available to all Section 8 Voucher holders.  If interested, the prospective tenants will contact you.  There is no charge to advertise your unit with the Section 8 program.

Once your property is rented (either to a Section 8 family or to a non-Section 8 family); please contact our office so we can remove it from the list. 

Screening of Section 8 tenants is the responsibility of the owner. The owner may use whatever screening procedures (reference check, credit check, etc.) that he/she normally uses. If known, THA will provide you with the names and phone numbers of the tenant's two most recent landlords.

If you agree to lease your unit to a Section 8 tenant, your unit must pass the Housing Quality Standards inspection.

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HCV Program Landlord Information

THA's new Landlord Access Portal for the Housing Choice Voucher Program is live now! The Landlord AccessPortal is a secure web-based tool where property owners and managers can access information relating to properties currently under contract with the Housing Choice Voucher program.

 

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How to contact our office

If you have any questions about the Housing Choice Voucher Program, please contact Ms. Tawana Thompson; THA's Director of Housing Choice Voucher Program at (850) 385-6126 ext.313 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.