How do I get on the Section 8 Program?”
In order to be eligible to participate on the Section 8 Program you must first be on the waiting list. Certificates/Vouchers are given to persons on the waiting list who applied by date, time and federal preference. The Section 8 waiting list is currently closed, we are not taking applications at this time.
Does the Housing Authority staff find me an apartment once I’m on the program?”
No, the Housing Authority staff can provide you with a list of apartments that landlords have listed with us; however, you must see the apartment and work with the landlord regarding occupancy. You may also find rental units in the classified section of the newspaper or with a real estate agent.
If an apartment is on the list, does that mean it already qualifies for Section 8?”
No, just because the apartment is on our listing does not mean that it qualifies. If you were interested in the apartment and brought in the appropriate paperwork we would then conduct an inspection.
How much does HUD pay for apartments?”
Please keep in mind that HUD does not have a specific dollar $$ amount that ”they” pay for apartments. There are many facets that are involved in setting a $$ dollar amount on a specific rental unit. The rental unit must:
1. Meet the area Fair Market Rent (FMR) set per HUD
2. Meet ‘Rent Reasonableness’ for units of the same type in the unassisted rental units.
3. Consider utilities, appliances and amenities, which may be included with the rent amount.
4. Condition of unit, size of unit, location.
5. Other mitigating factors which may come into play when negotiating a rent amount
Do I have to pay the Housing Authority to conduct an inspection?”
No, the Housing Authority will conduct the inspection at no cost to the tenant or owner in accordance with HUD regulations. However, the Housing Authority requires that the rental unit have a current Certificate of Compliance (C of C) with the City. One may be obtained through the Housing Division at City Hall for a nominal fee by setting up an appointment with them for inspection (203-630-4092)’ The law requires that all rental units, whether assisted or not, have valid Certificates of Compliance.