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Florida Section 8 Waiting List

Florida Section 8 Waiting List contains names of applicants who are found eligible for the grant of a rental voucher under a housing assistance program funded by federal institutions like HUD. Each housing authority administering a rental assistance program has a separate waiting list consisting of names selected either for public housing or a Section 8 program. The recent trend shows that the waiting lists for Section 8 vouchers are longer than those for public housing. This is a reflection of the popularity of Housing Choice Voucher Programs in Florida.

A research on the waiting list trend for most housing authorities in Florida shows that applicants are more after Section 8 vouchers rather than public housing programs. The long waiting list against the limited resources available at a PHA has forced applicants to wait for six months to two years in order to get their Section 8 vouchers. This has also resulted in the closure of waiting lists by most housing authorities offering Section 8 vouchers. On the other hand, most public housing waiting lists are found to be open and accepting new applications.

Section 8 Waiting List in Florida

A Section 8 waiting list in Florida consists mostly of families having incomes less than 30 percent of their respective area median incomes. Most applicants are family households, and some of these also include elderly and disabled individuals as family members. Interestingly, a large number of families even after obtaining their Section 8 vouchers have not been able to utilize these fully. This is because of the lack of affordable housing units in the private rental market and also landlords' unwillingness to participate in the assistance program. Tenants' inability to pay security deposits or utility deposits has also been one of the major reasons for under-utilization of Section 8 vouchers.

Open Section 8 Waiting List in Florida

To check whether the waiting list of a particular housing authority is open or closed, you need to go to the website of that HA or visit its local office in person. Many section 8 waiting lists with wait times of six months to two years are now found to be closed. These will again open once all the existing names will get cleared. Some housing authorities continue to accept new applications until their waiting lists become too long to manage. For a Section 8 applicant, the first few months of a year are the best time to apply as most Section 8 waiting lists are generally open during this period. For exact information regarding an open Section 8 waiting list in Florida, you have no option other than to check individually each housing authority.

Section 8 Waiting List Status

You can check your application status on the waiting list of a particular city. There are usually two ways to do so. You can visit the PHA's office to see an updated waiting list generally kept at the reception desk. You just need to show a photo ID to view the list. Alternatively, you can visit the website of your housing authority and download the Section 8 waiting list. There is no charge to download the same and it can be viewed easily using an Acrobat Reader.

Some housing authorities provide query-based information on waiting list status. For example, if you have applied at Tampa Housing Authority for Section 8 assistance, you can check your waiting list status by providing information like your name and social security number. Here is the web address to carry out this check on your waiting list status in Tampa FL:

Website: http://www.thafl.com/wl/



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