SEC 8 PKT and Housing Resources

HUD is the overseeing entity of the governments rental assistance programs. To apply for any form of rental assistance is completely free at your local housing authority. The Section 8 and Subsidized Housing Online Packet was invented by Hiram Lewis as a method of finding Section 8 landlords and tenants online. The SEC 8 PKT also ads a social media element to the experience. Members of the Online Packet can utilize their Packet indefinitely.

How do I become a Section 8 landlord?

a Section 8 landlord, although required to meet fair housing laws, are not required to participate in the Section 8 program. As a result, some landlords will not accept a Section 8 tenant. This can be attributed to such factors as: not wanting the government involved in their business, such as having a full inspection of their premises by government workers for a HUD application. Quality Standards for landlords to offer Section 8 houses for rent (HQS) and the possible recommendations required fear that a Section 8 tenant or their children will not properly maintain the premises a desire to charge a rent for the unit above FMR unwillingness to initiate judicial action for eviction of a tenant (HUD requires that Section 8 tenants can only be evicted by judicial action, even where state law allows other procedures). Depending on state laws, refusing to rent to a tenant solely for the reason that they have Section 8 may be illegal. A Section 8 landlord can use only general means of disqualifying a tenant (credit, criminal history, past evictions, etc.). However, other landlords willingly accept Section 8 tenants, due to: a large available pool of potential renters (the waiting list for new Section 8 tenants is usually very long, see below) generally prompt regular payments from the PHA for its share of the rent. A tenant has incentive to take good care of the property (PHA's require that tenants not damage rental properties. In many instances a tenant may be removed from the program if they owe a previous landlord monies). Whether voucher or project-based, all subsidized units must meet the HQS, thus ensuring that the family has a healthy and safe place to live. This improvement in the landlord's private property is an important byproduct of this program, both for the individual families and for the larger goal of community development. Applicants may apply for a Section 8 housing voucher at any county or city housing authority office in their state, and although rules vary according to each authority, in general, residents of a particular area who receive a voucher from the jurisdiction in which they live may use the voucher anywhere in the country, but nonresidents of the jurisdiction must live in the jurisdiction that issues the voucher to them for 12 months before they can move to a different area. Also, priority for vouchers is often reserved for those who reside in the service area of that housing authority. The SEC 8 PKT has no affiliation with the government or any housing authority.

In many localities, the PHA waiting lists for Section 8 vouchers may be thousands of families long, waits of three to six years to access vouchers is common, and many lists are closed to new applicants. Wait lists are often briefly opened (often for just five days), which may occur as little as once every seven years. Some PHAs use a "lottery" approach, where there can be as many as 100,000 applicants for 10,000 spots on the section 8 waiting list, with spots being awarded on the basis of weighted or non-weighted lotteries, with priority sometimes given to local residents, the disabled, veterans, and the elderly. There is no guarantee that anyone will ever receive a spot on the waiting list. There are sources all over the Internet that help potential applicants and landlords learn more about various low income housing application housing programs.

The vouchers take their name from Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937. They help needy people rent housing from private landlords. The Section 8 application process is fairly simple. The preliminary application, which will be posted on a housing authorities website, asks for basic information such as names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and income levels. Most housing authorities use online applications, instead of in-person sign-up, to keep residents, particularly "elderly and disabled individuals, from waiting in long lines over a period of several days," Fortner said. People with disabilities who can't access the Internet may call their PHA to make other arrangements. The phone number is 504-670-3270. All section 8 applicants will be placed in a section 8 lottery to determine their position on the wait list. After that, HANO officials will call each person to determine whether their income levels meet the eligibility requirements for "very low income" or "extremely low income" households. For example, a four-person "very low-income" household makes no more than $30,000 a year. An "extremely low-income" household of four makes no more than $24,250.