Currently, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program serves approximately 2,000 families per month. At this time, the HCV waiting list is closed and THA is not accepting applications for this program. Public notice will be made before the waiting list reopens.
Housing Choice Voucher Program Information
THA’s HCV program offers the opportunity for extremely-low and very low-income families to choose affordable rental housing within the greater Tallahassee/Leon County area. The program allows families and individuals to obtain affordable housing outside areas of high poverty concentrations, offering them a chance for a better quality of life for themselves and their families. The rental assistance provided subsidizes the rent for their selected unit. The participating family pays a percentage of their monthly household income towards their rent with THA paying the difference to the owner. This allows the family to establish some financial stability in meeting their needs. The HCV program is unique in that it provides tenant-based assistance which allows the household to move without losing assistance.
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?
You may apply for the housing voucher program ONLY when the waitlist is open for new applications. The waitlist is currently closed.
3. Will placement on the list be based on first-come, first-served basis?
No. A third-party software company utilized a computerized lottery system to establish each applicant’s place on the waiting list. You will be contacted in the order of your final ranking on the waitlist.
4. How do I check the status of my application?
You may check the status of your application by calling (850)210-1486. Just follow the prompts to the voucher waitlist.
5. What if I need to change my address or contact information?
You will need to submit changes to your contact information in writing to the attention of the Waitlist Supervisor. You can submit them in person or via mail to:
Tallahassee Housing Authority
Attn: Waitlist Supervisor
2940 Grady Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32312
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How does the HCV Program Work?
- After completing the application, the applicant is placed on the waiting list. Due to limited funding and voucher availability, applicants should expect to remain on the waiting list for approximately three to five years.
- When the applicant’s name comes up on the waiting list, he or she will attend an appointment to determine eligibility for the program.
- Once the applicant is determined eligible, he or she will be given a voucher and required to locate a unit.
- Once the family has located a unit, they must submit all required documents for approval and the unit must pass an initial inspection.
- If the unit passes inspection, the requested rent is determined reasonable, and the owner and family settle on terms of the lease, THA can begin making housing assistance payments after move-in and execution of the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract by the landlord.
- The family will stay in the program as long as they fulfill their obligations, provide all necessary information to THA, and ensure their units are up to housing quality standards.
What makes the HCV Program Work?
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD’s responsibilities include the following:
- Develop regulations, handbooks, notices and other guidance to communicate HCV housing program legislation passed by Congress
- Distribute HCV program funds to THA
- Provide technical assistance to THA in interpreting HCV program requirements
- Monitor THA’s compliance with HCV program requirements and THA’s performance
Tallahassee Housing Authority (THA)
THA’s responsibilities include the following:
- Establish local policies for program operation in Tallahassee/Leon County
- Maintain waiting list and review applications to determine whether applicants are eligible for the program
- Issue vouchers to selected families
- Conduct outreach to owners
- Approve the rental unit, owner and tenancy
- Make housing assistance payments to owner in a timely manner
- Ensure that families and their rental units continue to qualify under the program
- Ensure that owners and families comply with program rules
- Comply with all fair housing and equal opportunity requirements, HUD regulations and requirements, the Annual Contributions Contract, HUD-approved applications for funding, THA’s Administrative Plan, and other federal, state and local laws
Owner of Rental Unit
The owner’s responsibilities include the following:
- Screen families who apply for tenancy
- Comply with the terms of the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract
- Comply with all applicable fair housing laws
- Maintain the housing unit by making necessary repairs in a timely manner
- Collect rent due from the assisted family
Family Participating in the HCV Program
The family’s responsibilities include the following:
- Provide THA with complete and accurate information
- Make best efforts to find a place to live that qualifies for the program
- Attend all appointments scheduled by THA
- Allow THA to inspect the unit at reasonable times and after reasonable notice
- Take responsibility for the care and upkeep of the housing unit
- Allow the landlord to make timely repairs to the unit
- Comply with the terms of the lease with the owner
- Comply with the family obligations of the voucher
- Do not commit serious or repeated violations of the lease
- Do not engage in drug-related or violent criminal activity
- Notify THA and the owner before moving or terminating the lease
- Use the assisted unit only for residence
- Promptly notify THA of any changes in family composition or household income
- Do not commit fraud, bribery, or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with any housing program
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 unit to the available units listings. Your property will be added to the unit bedroom size listing which is then made available to all voucher holders. If interested, the prospective tenants will contact you.
Once your property is rented (either to a Section 8 family or to a non-Section 8 family); please contact our office so it can be removed from the list.
Screening of 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 program participant, your unit must pass the Housing Quality Standards inspection (See Downloads).
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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 our office at (850)385-6126.