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.
Tallahassee Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Frequently Asked Questions
1. Am I eligible for Section 8 Housing Assistance?
2. When can I apply?
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.
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.