What is Section 8?
Section 8 is a highly popular rental assistance program that provides affordable housing for low-income families while paying housing subsidies directly to participating landlords. The Housing Choice Voucher Program gives low-income families options. The most important being the freedom to rent a house, duplex, trailer, or an apartment anywhere within the Tulsa city limits where the landlord will accept Section 8 subsidy. Although the lease agreement is between the resident and their landlord, THA subsidizes the resident’s rent payments. Therefore, a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract exists between THA and the landlord. The Section 8 Program provides the landlord with guaranteed rent as long as the landlord is in compliance with their HAP contract and the resident is in the unit. For example, if the rent for a three bedroom house is determined to be $550 per month and the client's payment (based on their income) calculates to be $75 per month, then THA pays the difference of $475 per month directly to the landlord.
Who Qualifies for Section 8?
Qualifying for the Section 8 Program is easier than many people realize. First, an individual or family must earn equal to or less than the following by family size:
As family size increases so does the family income limit.
Secondly, the following individuals or families will receive preference in the selection process:
- The applicant family is residing in a public or private care facility as a result of severe illness or disability, and with housing, could transition back into the community to live independently or with the assistance of an aide.
- The head or spouse of the applicant family is a current member of the military, a veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran.
- The family has a member that is 62 years of age or older and/or disabled.
- The applicant family is residing in a public/private shelter as a result of domestic violence.
If you know of a family in need of rental assistance, please have them call (918) 581-5798 for more information about applying for Section 8.
What is an HQS Inspection?
Housing Quality Standards (HQS) have been set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in an effort to improve the quality of assisted housing nationally. Prior to a unit being accepted for Section 8 subsidy, it must pass an inspection which consists of HQS and City codes.
THA will bill the initial Housing Authority fo the voucher. Please call (918) 581-5705 for assistance.
Voucher Payment Standards are as follows:
0 bedroom voucher - $501
1 bedroom voucher - $599
2 bedroom voucher - $753
3 bedroom voucher - $1017
4 bedroom voucher - $1118
5 bedroom voucher - $1285
After you have been approved by your PHA to transfer to Tulsa, all paperwork should be mailed to:
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF TULSA
P O Box 6369
Tulsa OK 74148
Or you can fax your paperwork to:
ATTN: SECTION 8 VOUCHERS/PORTABILITY
Fax: (918) 551-5253
Landlord Email Mailing List
THA routinely communicates with our landlord community via email. Trainings, workshops and leasing fairs are a few examples of the timely and informative emails sent to the mailing list. Membership is not limited to existing landlords. Prospective landlords interested in learning more about the Section 8 program are encouraged to sign up as well.
To register, send an email to THALandlords@TulsaHousing.Org with the word “Subscribe” in the subject line.
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Contact Section 8
For your convenience in accessing the Section 8 staff or for additional information, the following listing of the Section 8 Supervisory Staff is provided. Please feel free to contact them with questions, suggestions, or comments.
E-Mail: Vice President of Assisted Housing (918) 581-5767
E-Mail: Senior Manager of Assisted Housing (918) 581-5787
E-Mail: Senior Manager of Assisted Housing (918) 581-5705
E-Mail: Inspection Manager (918) 581-5791
E-Mail: Leasing Agent II (918) 581-5763
E-Mail: Leasing Agent II (918) 581-5902
E-Mail: Leasing Agent II (918) 581-5780