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Section 8

Announcement

Opening of the Section 8 Waiting List

The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority will be  opening the Section 8 Waiting List on Monday, 3 November 2014, at 8:00 A.M. The Section 8 Waiting List will close on Monday, 1 December 2014, at 4:00 P.M.

Service areas include Fort Walton Beach, Destin (to the Walton County line), Niceville, Mary Esther-West of Hurlburt Field (to the Santa Rosa County Line), and Laurel Hill (to the Alabama State line). 

Section 8 is a Federal program that provides rental assistance to eligible families allowing them to live in privately owned rental properties throughout Okaloosa County. 

Low-income individuals, families, seniors, and persons with disabilities are eligible to apply. Each head of household must be 18-years of age or older at the time of application. 
 

The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority administers approximately 757 Section 8/ Housing Choice vouchers.  The Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing available in the private market.  Program participants are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. Section 8/ Housing choice voucher program participants may choose to relocate at the end of their lease term (one year) to locations within the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority jurisdiction or anywhere in the United States where there is an agency operating a Housing Choice voucher program. The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority strongly encourages families to search for housing outside economically distressed neighborhoods.


In general, eligible families are required to pay 30% of their adjusted income towards gross rent and the amount of the program utility allowance for tenant paid utilities. Regardless of the Payment Standard established for a unit size, the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority must 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.

Regardless of age and gender, the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority subsidy standard is:

# of people in family # of bedrooms qualified for
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
1
2
3
4

Section 8 participants are required by federal law to submit specific documentation each year to determine continued eligibility in the program. This process is called the Annual Recertification. An annual inspection is conducted on all units to ensure compliance with HUD’s Housing Quality Standards (HQS).

If a Section 8 participant does not provide the necessary documentation for recertification at the scheduled appointment, subsidy on behalf of the participant shall be terminated. Please keep in mind that Section 8 participants are given every opportunity to provide the required documentation to avoid termination of subsidy.

The Family Obligations are Housing Authority and HUD rules for continuing participation in the Section 8 rental assistance program.  Participants are required to read and sign an acknowledgement of understanding the Family Obligations prior to accepting participation in the program. If a Section 8 participant does not comply with the Family Obligations, rental assistance will be terminated.

The Housing Authority must provide the opportunity for an Informal Review for participants of any decision to deny or terminate Section 8 assistance. A copy of the informal hearing procedures is made available to all participants at the enrollment interview, and to existing participants who have not previously received a copy if so requested.

Want to save time? Print our online application and fill it out before you come in. Make sure you read it thoroughly to ensure you have everything you need with you when you come in. 

Please make sure all information is filled out and all supporting documentation is attached with your application. Do not mail original documents. Please have them available at the time of your appointment. If you are missing information you will have 10 days to submit to HA. Failure to submit documentation will cause your application to be placed in an inactive file and you will be required to reapply.

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Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)                                                                                                                                         

With a staff of 3 individuals, the Section 8 Housing Department consists of programs that provide rental assistance to low-income families.

The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority assists low-income individuals and families by providing housing units in either the public or private housing markets via Section 8 and Public Housing.   The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority also provides residents with programs and opportunities that promote economic enrichment and upward mobility. The Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing available in the private market. Program participants are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. Section 8/ Housing choice voucher program participants may choose to relocate at the end of their lease term (one year) to locations within the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority jurisdiction or anywhere in the United States where there is an agency operating a Housing Choice voucher program. The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority strongly encourages families to search for housing outside economically distressed neighborhoods.  The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority administers 802 Section 8- Housing Choice vouchers. This program has a baseline of 707 HCV and 95 HUD-VASH vouchers.  With a partnership with the VA office the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority has been able to utilize our VASH vouchers in order to house veterans in the private market and prevent homelessness. The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority also administers approximately 10 portable vouchers in which the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority is paid an administrative fee.

  

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