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Housing Choice Voucher Program

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

The program provides "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 in preparation for home-ownership financial stability. 

The Tallahassee Housing Authority has manages over 2,000 housing choice vouchers. The program is a federally funded (HUD) program, and 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 participating 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. 

Tallahassee Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Frequently Asked Questions

 1.     Am I eligible for Section 8 Housing Assistance?

The program serves families and individuals who are very low and extremely low income. Eligibility will be determined after you are selected from the Waiting List during the eligibility appointment. 

2.     When can I apply?

Online applications will be available July 1, 2017 at: www.tallha.org. Applications can be completed online at any time, from any computer with Internet access.  Multiple applications will be voided.

3.     Will placement on the list be based on first-come, first-served basis?

No. Applicants do not need to rush to apply; applications received through midnight on July 31, 2017 will be entered into a computerized lottery system to establish each applicant’s place on the waiting list. Do not submit more than one application.

4.     Where do I get an application?

The online application can be accessed from any computer with Internet capability. THA has partnered with the Leon County Public Library system to offer applicants free access to personal computers at any of its 7 local branches throughout the county. Additional partners also offer access to personal computers (see below).  

COMPUTER   ACCESS IS AVAILABLE AT   TALLAHASSEE HOUSING   AUTHORITY COMMUNITY   CENTERS LOCATED AT: 

          SPRINGFIELD COMMUNITY CENTER AT SPRINGFIELD APARTMENTS - 1600 JOE LOUIS STREET 

          OLIVER HILL COMMUNITY CENTER AT ORANGE AVENUE APARTMENTS - 2710 COUNTRY CLUB DR 

          TERRENCE FREGLY COMMUNITY CENTER AT PINEWOOD PLACE APARTMENTS - 2940 GRADY RD 

LEON PUBLIC LIBRAY LOCATIONS LISTED BELOW: 

          LEROY COLLINS MAIN LIBRARY - 200 W. PARK AVENUE 

          LAKE JACKSON BRANCH LIBRARY - 3840-302 N. MONROE ST. 

          NORTH EAST BRANCH LIBRARY/BRICE J. HOST CENTER - 5513 THOMASVILLE ROAD 

          EASTSIDE BRANCH LIBRARY - 1583 PEDRICK ROAD 

          DR. B.L. PERRY, JR. BRANCH LIBRARY - 2817 SOUTH ADAMS STREET 

          FORT BRADEN BRANCH LIBRARY- 16327 BLOUNTSTOWN HIGHWAY 

          WOODVILLE BRANCH LIBRARY - 8000 OLD WOODVILLE ROAD 

COMPUTER ACCESS IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE FAMU CENTER FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LOCATED AT 1600 WANISH WAY

5.     Where is the closest library to apply? 

To locate the nearest Leon County Library visit www.leoncountylibrary.org or see attached for library locations.  

6.     How do I know my application has been received? 

A confirmation number will be issued once your application has been submitted. It is recommended that applicants note or print the confirmation number before signing off the computer. Once you get your confirmation number, DO NOT submit more than one application.  

7.     How do I check the status of my application? 

Any time after July 31, 2017, applicants will have access to the applicant portal to check their status and make any necessary changes to the address, family members and phone numbers.

8.     If I need assistance with my application, who do I contact? 

Contact the Tallahassee Housing Authority at 850-385-6126.

9.     Do I need a library card to use the Public Library computers? 

No, there are computers designed at the local libraries for this purpose.

10.   When will the list be closed? 

The waiting list will close on July 31, 2017.
 

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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 each month a check is electronically deposited into their bank account of choice for the housing authority's portion of the rent. They can also list vacant apartments for individuals seeking a new place to live.

Status of Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List:  Opening July, 2017

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, call 850-385-6126 to have the receptionist add your listing to the available listings page.  Your property listing 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 requested, THA may provide you with the names and addresses 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.