What is the Section 8 Program?
Section 8 is a program that provides monthly rental assistance to eligible low income families. Once a family has been determined eligible to participate, the are given a voucher and paperwork to locate a rental unit with a landlord who will work with our program.
The dollar amount of monthly rental assistance for the family is determined by the Housing Authority and paid directly to the landlord each month in the form of a direct deposit to the landlord's account.
How is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program funded?
The program is funded by the federal government which allocates money annually to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, otherwise known as HUD. Then HUD disburses the money to the Housing Authority to fund our Section 8 HCV program.
How do I rent to a family who has a Section 8 voucher?
You and the family must complete the set of paperwork that the voucher holder has in their possession.
Once this packet of forms has been completely filled out and returned to the Housing Authority, a calculation is done to determine if the family can rent your unit. If the family is able to rent the unit, you and the family will be notified and the initial inspection will be scheduled.
When does the rental assistance begin?
Once the unit passes the initial inspection, and all the necessary paperwork is signed by all parties, the rental assistance can begin on behalf of the family.
NOTE: No rental assistance can begin until the unit has passed an inspection and ALL additional documents are signed. If you allow the family to move into the unit prior to these steps being followed, the family is responsible for the entire rental amount.
Should I have a tenant screening process?
Yes, we feel that tenant screening is a must in running a successful rental business. The FMHA highly recommends that you as the Landlord develop a uniform screening process through which all of the prospective tenants are examined.
The FMHA only determines families eligible for the program by meeting income guidelines and meeting household composition criteria.
What are the advantages of renting to Section 8 families?
Your property is being inspected annually and you are notified in writing of any damages to the unit.
The Housing Authority share of rent is deposited directly to your account on a monthly basis.
You are working hand in hand with the Housing Authority to provide affordable housing to a low income family.
Can my unit be pre-approved by the Housing Authority before I have a Section 8 family interested in renting my unit?
No, a landlord MUST have a Section 8 family interested in the unit and a calculation must be done by the Housing Authority before the inspection can be scheduled.
Can the Landlord accept additional money from the family each month over the amount that was agreed upon by all parties?
No, the monthly contract rent that was agreed upon by all parties is all that can be charged for the unit. Asking the family to pay additional money is called a "side payment" and is illegal.
Can the Landlord choose to use his/her own lease when renting to a Section 8 family?
Yes, the landlord may choose to use his/her own lease, however, the Housing Authority will obtain a copy of that lease for our files.
Who do I contact for more information about signing up?
Please call our office at 304-363-0860 ext 102 to request more information.