Section 8 housing Florida

Section 8 Housing in Florida

In Florida, the Housing Choice Voucher Program is accessed through the local Public Housing Authorities that help people and families that are struggling to pay their rents and afford safe housing, to benefit from the program and integrate into the local community.

As part of the program, individuals and families can approach the closest PHA in their vicinity and discuss the details involved. Applications are made available to the individual or family head and are filled out to join the waiting list of candidates looking to find a home that’s subsidized. Since the number of homes available to this program is fewer than the number of individuals in need, it’s advisable that applicants apply to more than one PHA in the vicinity they want to live in. This helps increase their chances of finding a subsidized home faster. Here’s a link that provides the contact details to all the PHAs in the state of Florida -http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/pha/contacts/states/fl.cfm. Here’s another link to the various Florida Housing Authorities’ websites – http://www.hud.gov/local/fl/renting/hawebsites.cfm

The primary eligibility criterion you’ll have to meet is to prove that your yearly income is less than 50% of median income determined for the state of Florida. Other eligibility criterion include the absence of a criminal record, proof that you’re either a citizen of the United States or a legal immigrant and proof that you’ve never been evicted from your rental home before.

All this will need to be attached to your application in addition to other documents that include your birth certificate, your salary slips, tax papers, bank statements and references. It’s mandatory that all HCV forms are filled out using a pen. All the members of your family required to be named on the form. In addition to contact details for your previous landlords, you’ll also have to provide your present contact information including your physical address and telephone number.

You’ll also need to explain why you’re applying for Section 8 assistance, on the application form. Once you’ve filled out the application and attached all the necessary documents and submitted it to the local PHA, there’s nothing left to do but wait. Given the shortage of such subsidized housing units, these waiting periods can tend to be extensive though they are speeded up for individuals and families that are in especially dire conditions of poverty.

Once you’ve been deemed eligible, you’ll be granted a voucher to pay towards your monthly rent. This is when you’ll be asked to look around for a home in the area that the local PHA covers for a suitable house. You have 60 days to find a house that situated in a safe neighborhood and is available at a reasonable rent. Once you’ve decided on the house, the PHA will approve the rent amount and make an inspection of the house. If the house meets the necessary standards, a lease will be made out to you by the landlord for a minimum duration of one year. The landlord will also have to sign a contract with the PHA agreeing to adhere to the PHA’s regulations.

When this is completed, you can move into your new subsidized home for which you’ll pay the using the voucher. If the gross rent is in excess of the voucher amount, you’ll pay the difference (which can’t exceed 40% of your annual income) if it’s lesser, you can keep the difference.

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  1. Jorge I Padron says:

    I need to get a housing choice voucher, i am currently on SSA disability payments of $660.00 and pay rent of $550.00 for a room in a home, i am 40 years old and will be starting the University in January through the help of federal pell grants and loans..I have found a housing complex that would be perfect, it is called (West Dade LTD, II), located at 103 SW 40th St, Miami, FL. 33165, Managed by, Mar-Bar Management Inc. (305)592-5311..My father is also a deceased active service US army veteran killed in active duty in Vietnam, May 30, 1969..one month before i was born..So in conclusion please let me know what documents, and where to bring, so i can secure a spot at this housing complex ASAP

    Thank you

  2. Jorge I Padron says:

    I need to get a housing choice voucher, i am currently on SSA disability payments of $660.00 and pay rent of $550.00 for a room in a home, i am 40 years old and will be starting the University in January through the help of federal pell grants and loans..I have found a housing complex that would be perfect, it is called (West Dade LTD, II), located at 103 SW 40th St, Miami, FL. 33165, Managed by, Mar-Bar Management Inc. (305)592-5311..My father is also a deceased active service US army veteran killed in active duty in Vietnam, May 30, 1969..one month before i was born..So in conclusion please let me know what documents, and where to bring, so i can secure a spot at this housing complex ASAP

    Thank you

  3. what do you do if you know some that is getting section8 also have some one living with them for money to pay the bill,s.

    • laurasection8 says:

      If you are a Landlord you should be thankful tenant is not struggling to pay bills. If they get services disconnected and you have an inspection, you will fail. Section 8 only pays for housing (unless you apply to get paid for utilities as well)

  4. jessica quinones says:

    my question is and 2001 i apply for section 8 but i never recieve a letter and im trying to apply again but they telling me that i need to wait and i want to know why i need to wait 3 to 4 year more if i never got a letter.please i really need to move out from my mom house it alot of people here my kids sleep and a air matter and i hate to see my kids like that i live and tampa,fl.

  5. elizabeth dworak says:

    I live in New Port Richey Pasco County Florida. My former( market value) landlord told me with my low income I could possibly qualify for a voucher. She would like me to move back but I will need a voucher. Where or how can I apply for a voucher? elizabeth dworak

  6. shaunta brooks says:

    how do I find out what my status is on the 2009 section 8 wait
    ing list if i have forgotten my placement number? and how do i go about updating section 8 on changes?