Who participates in the Section 8 Program?
HAPB Section 8 participants are low-income households whose names reached the top of the waiting list and met our local preference and eligibility guidelines.
Is HAPB waiting list open?
No, the HAPB waiting list is not open and due to the amount of people on the list a date can not be determined when it will re-open or when those currently on the list will be contacted.
How can I apply for Section 8?
You will need to inquire with each Housing Authority when their waiting list will open. HUD list of Housing Authorities: http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/pha/contacts/
What are your hours of operation?
HAPB office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. and closed daily for lunch between 12 and 1:00.
How will I know when the waiting list opens?
Each Housing Authority advertises by Public Notice and on their website (if applicable) when their waiting lists open. In addition, you may check this web site regularly.
How long is the wait for housing?
The wait for each Housing Authority varies, and it is impossible to give an estimated amount of time but generally it is several years.
Where can I find someone who will accept my voucher?
Contact the Housing Authority and they will provide a list landlords who are willing to rent to Section 8 participants or visit www.gosection8.com
Can a landlord refuse to rent to me because I am using a Section 8 voucher?
No. The law prohibits housing discrimination. A landlord can require you to provide the same application information as is required for other applicants. File discrimination complaint: http://www.hud.gov/complaints/housediscrim.cfm Discrimination Form: https://www5.hud.gov/Hud903/main/pagHUD903Form.jspl
I have a Section 8 voucher, and I am interested in moving to another city. Can I take my voucher with me?
Yes, it is possible to port with your voucher. You must contact both your current Housing Authority and the Housing Authority in the city you are interested in moving to for the details.
What if I have special needs?
Please tell us if you need assistance of any kind to access our services, and let us know if you need special features in your housing. For example, we can often provide large print materials, wheelchair accessibility and customized interviews. If you need an interpreter or a translator, tell us, and we will provide one for you. We will make every effort to meet your needs.
How can I rent my home to a Section 8 tenant?
You'll need to contact your local public housing agency to find out how to rent to Section 8 participants in your area or post your property on www.gosection8.com
What happens after I rent to the family?
Every year HAPB will determine whether the family is still eligible for the program during their annual reexamination and if the unit still meets HQS standards during the annual inspection.
When will I receive my check?
Payments from the Housing Authority are issued within the first five (5) business days of the month by direct deposit or by check (picked up from the office).
What are the terms of the lease?
A written lease for an initial term of a minimum of one year is required.
What if I have a problem or concern about my unit?
You should first communicate your concerns about your unit with your landlord and put repair requests in writing and provide your Section 8 Counselor with a copy. If your concerns have not been resolved, then you should contact your Section 8 Counselor to schedule the Inspector to come out for a Special Inspection.
What if I want to terminate the lease?
The owner may terminate the lease if the tenant violates the lease and has a court ordered eviction. As a tenant you may terminate your lease by submitting a written 30-60 day notice to your landlord and the Housing Authority prior to the annual reexamination.
How can I buy a HUD home?
If you have the cash or can qualify for a loan (subject to certain restrictions) you may buy a HUD Home.