What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)?
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government's major program for assisting very
low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the PRIVATE market.
Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own hosing,
including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.
The ACHA inspects every proposed rental unit to ensure that it is in compliance with Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and to
determine that the rent asked is "reasonable"given the location, quality, size, unit type, age, amenities, services,
maintenance and utilities to be provided by the owner.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the ACHA on behalf of the participating family. Eligible families
generally are required to pay 30 % of their adjusted income towards their gross rent (rent and the utility allowance for
tenant-paid utilities that are not included in the rent to the owner).
Who Is Eligible?
The Housing Choice Voucher Program eligibility is based on:
- Annual Gross Income, assets, and family size
- U.S. Citizenship or eligible immigration status
- Criminal Background
- Prior rental history with other subsidized agencies
To contact us:
Phone: (352) 372-2549
Fax: (352) 373-4097