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Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV/PBV Section 8)

NOTICE: The Housing Choice Voucher program will accept online pre-applications beginning December 1 through December 31, 2020.

To complete pre-application click here.

The link will not work until December 1st.

Printed pre-applications will not be available.

The pre-application contains questions designed to obtain information about the names, social security numbers and birth dates of members of the household, household total income, and such basic contact information as a mailing address, phone number, and email address (if you have one). Each household may apply only once. Duplicate or incomplete pre-applications will not be accepted. Pre-applications may be completed anywhere internet access is available.

Pre-applications may be submitted at any time that the wait list is open. Applicants will receive a confirmation after successfully submitting their application. Important note: You should write down the confirmation number, print the confirmation screen, or take a picture of the screen with your cell phone. This confirmation number may be used to track your pre-application and check on your status after the wait list has closed.

Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee a family a spot on the wait list. Families will be listed on the wait list in the order determined by their selection in a random lottery conducted by a third-party. Only 5,000 applicants will be selected for the waitlist.  All other applications will be purged from the application site on February 1, 2021.


NOTICE: On April 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a series of temporary waivers and alternative methods due to COVID-19 that Tallahassee Housing Authority (THA) has adopted. These temporary waivers will allow THA  to limit contact with residents and participants and to continue housing families and keeping families in their home. 

Click here to read about available temporary waivers.

Housing Choice Vouchers are issued and administered locally by Tallahassee Housing Authority (THA) with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rental assistance for very-low and low-income households. Rental assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual participants to private landlords. Program participants are responsible for choosing the type of housing they feel best suits their household. They can select a single-family home, townhouse or an apartment.

Once the participant has chosen their housing unit and the landlord is willing to accept the housing voucher towards the payment of rent, the housing authority will inspect it to assure that it meets the federal minimum housing quality standards and any local building codes. All rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by THA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount by the program.

THA currently has an allocation of 2,398 vouchers, which includes 234 HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), and 110 Mainstream Vouchers.