What programs are available?
The Orlando Housing Authority administers various rental assistance programs in the public and private sector.
Conventional Public Housing
Some of OHA Public Housing Amenities include:
- Income based or flat rent participation
- Handicap Accessible
- Family Living
- Computer laboratories
- Security Fencing
- Central Air and Heat
- Ceramic Tile
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers / Single Room Occupancy (SRO)
OHA administers approximately 2,400 Section 8 housing choice vouchers. 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 available in the private market. Program participants are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects. Section 8 housing choice voucher program participants may move at the end of their lease term to other locations within the jurisdiction of OHA or anywhere in the United States where there is an agency operating a housing choice voucher program. OHA strongly encourages families to search for housing outside economically distressed neighborhoods.
In the housing choice voucher program, eligible families generally are required to pay 30 % of their adjusted income towards gross rent (owner rent and the amount of the OHA Utility Allowance for tenant-paid utilities that are not included in the rent to the owner). OHA pays the difference between the amount of the required tenant payment and the gross rent.
The amount of the subsidy paid by OHA is dependent upon the Payment Standard adopted by OHA for each unit size (number of bedrooms), or the gross rent of for the unit if less than the payment standard. If the gross rent for a unit exceeds the Payment Standard, a Section 8 housing choice voucher holder may choose to pay the higher rent. However, a Section 8 family moving into a unit is not permitted to pay more than 40% of its adjusted income for rent.
Regardless of the Payment Standard established for a unit size, OHA 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.
OHA also administers a 100-unit Section 8 Single-Room Occupancy (SRO) Moderate Rehabilitation Program for Homeless individuals. In this project-based program, eligible individuals may only be assisted while they reside in the single SRO project.
Section 8 FAQ's
Question 1: When will inspections take place?
Answer: Annual inspections are scheduled at least 90 days prior to the effective date of the renewal. Initial inspections are normally completed 14 – 21 days after the request is made. We work diligently to complete initial inspections sooner.
Question 2: When will I get paid?
Answer: The Orlando Housing Authority promptly pays its vendors on the first business day of each month. As a new Landlord, you are required to provide Certification of Attendance at a Landlord Briefing given by the OHA or other qualified Housing Agency (Orange County, Osceola County, etc.). This Certification must be provided before HAP payments can be made.
Question 3: How much does the tenant pay and how much does Section 8 pay?
Answer: Rental payments are based on the client/tenant income, both the
landlord and tenant will receive an adjustment slip which clearly details who pays what (landlords remember you will not receive the adjustment slip until everything has been finalized).
Question 4: I have requested a rent increase. When will it take effect?
Answer: In following the HAP contract and OHA policy, requests for rental increases must be received at least 60 days prior to the effective date of the change. The request must be in writing and must have some form of a time and date stamp that can’t be manipulated (the date stamp on fax confirmation is perfect proof that a vendor sent the information into the office.) Rental increases are processed according to OHA policy and only one (1) increase per 12 month period is allowed.
Question 5: What are the procedures to move out?
Answer: Before the Section 8 participant is issued a voucher to move, proper notice in the form of an Intent to Vacate, Mutual Rescission (emergency situations only) or certified letter to either party and from either party must be received in our office. Once this information is received and we receive confirmation from the Landlord that he/she has received proper notice, a voucher will be issued to the Section 8 participant. The same format must be followed if the Landlord or the participant is not willing to renew the lease.
The HOPE VI Grant Program provides funds to demolish severely distressed public housing units and rebuild communities that lessen the concentration of poverty. In 1997, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Orlando Housing Authority (OHA) a $6.8 million HOPE VI Revitalization Grant. Continue Reading …
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