1. Complete the Online Application
An application must be completed and submitted and sent to our voucher specialists.
2. Application Approval
Once your application is received and approved, your name is placed on the waiting list. Vouchers can only be given as they become available. The list is first come, first served. Some local hardship preferences are given but all applicants must complete the required paperwork.
3. Attend Briefing
Once your name comes to the top of the waiting list you are required to attend a mandatory briefing before receiving rental assistance. At the briefing, you will learn more about the requirements of the Housing Housing Choice Voucher Program (or Section 8) operates.
4. Voucher Offered
After you attend the briefing the voucher will be issued to you and you will have 60-120 days to locate an eligible home. You may choose to stay in your current rental unit or move to a new location. The owner must be willing to participate and sign a contract with the Section 8 Program to receive rental assistance.
5. Complete Request for Tenancy Approval Forms
Once you have found a suitable and eligible home, the landlord will need to complete a “Request for Tenancy Approval” (this form will be in your briefing packet) and submit them to our office for approval.
6. Rental Inspection
HUD inspects the unit to be sure that it passes the program standards. Rental owners are given 30 days to correct items that fail inspection.
7. Rent Payment
After the unit has passed inspection and all involved parties agree, the lease and contract are executed. HUD will pay a portion of your rent directly to your landlord.
Owners are guaranteed a portion of the rent by HUD. The program allows the families to better afford their portion of the rent, resulting in more consistent, timely and full payment to owners.
The inspection of the unit helps to alert owners of required and/or recommended repairs. Ideally, this timely maintenance will reduce costly investments.
Tenants on the rental assistance program are required to sign a lease, giving owners some security. The rental assistance program also offers specific guarantees.