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 InformationSome 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.
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:
The Owner's Responsibilities:
The Family's Responsibilities:
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.
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.