How to Apply for Section 8 in Florida

The Florida Section 8 application is the primary way individuals, who wish to obtain assistance with housing costs, can enter the Public Housing Choice Vouchers Program, administered by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At the state level, HUD distributes benefits through local public housing authorities (PHAs). Figuring out how to apply for Section 8 is vital to securing housing assistance for those who qualify and so desperately need. 

Getting a Section 8 application online may be one method to securing access to the Public Housing Choice Vouchers Program, as well as applying for the benefits through the regular United States Postal Service or by visiting a local HUD office branch. Continue reading the article below to find out more information about how to apply for low income housing. 

How to Apply for Section 8 Online in Florida 

When figuring out how to register for a Section 8 housing program online in the state of Florida, it is important to note that being able to apply online is completely at the discretion of your local public housing authority (PHA). While some PHAs offer an online portal through which to submit a HUD housing application, others may not. PHAs without an online options may require that you either mail an application in or deliver it in person. You must inquire about your options through your local PHA office, which you may contact by phone or by visiting their website. You can find out the contact information for your local PHA office by visiting the main HUD website. 

To apply for low income housing online, visit your PHA’s website and then create an account by registering online. Once you determine that you meet certain eligibility requirements, you should prepare to apply for your housing vouchers. In order to prepare, have the following documentation to support your Section 8 application: 

  • Proof of your identification – In order to verify who you are to the local PHA with which you are applying, you may provide the following documents for you and your family: 
    • Passports 
    • Driver’s licenses
    • State ID cards
    • Birth certificates for all family members 
    • Social Security cards for all household members 
  • Citizenship or immigration status – Documentation proving that all the members of your household are either United States Citizens or legal immigrants is required. This can be accomplished with the following: 
    • Birth certificates for all family members 
    • Passports for anyone who is not a United States Citizen
    • Green cards or other immigration documentation for registered immigrants
  • Proof of income – A vital part of the Section 8 application is proving your income and that of your family or household. In order to do so, your local PHA asks for supporting documentation such as: 
    • Pay check stubs, W2 forms, tax returns from previous years 
    • Bank statements
    • Benefits award letters or documentation of public assistance
    • Information on any assets you may have at your disposal
    • Social Security verification notice with a proof of benefits 

Before submitting any Section 8 applications, it is important to verify that any and all supporting personal documentation listed above is current and accurate. Invalid IDs or incorrect information on an application may delay the approval process or keep you from receiving benefits. 

Once you have your documentation ready, you will need to know how to sign up for Section 8 housing.  First, you will need to fill out your Section 8 application online assuming your PHA allows you to do so, and create an account on their site. Once you create your online account with your local PHA, you will be asked you to submit some basic information about you or your head of household including the following: 

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Genders
  • Number of members in the family
  • Ethnicity and/or race of the family
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Household status
    • Family
    • Elderly
    • Disabled

In addition to your personal information, applications also ask for information regarding your family members. Your PHA will likely run a background check to verify your information, so it is important to ensure that all the information submitted for every family member is correct to avoid any delays in processing your low-income housing application. 

The online HUD housing application also has a third part relating to your household’s income. You must provide detailed information about your combined family income, such as: 

  • Any salaries earned from employment. 
  • Any assets you may own. 
  • Other sources of income such as child support, alimony, or other benefits from government funded assistance programs. 

How to Apply for Florida Section 8 Housing by Mail

In order to apply for Section 8 by mail, you must first locate your local PHA office. By visiting the HUD website, you will find links to the appropriate PHA office for your county in Florida. In addition to the application form, you will also need a variety of supporting information and documentation to send to your local PSA. This information is the same as the proofs listed above in the “How to Apply for Florida Section 8 Housing Online.” The information needed includes: 

  • Proof of your identification 
  • Citizenship or immigration status 
  • Proof of income

You will also need to provide proof of how you and your household are related if you intend to claim any dependents on your application. This can include:

  • Children. 
  • Elderly parents. 
  • Disabled family members. 

If you do not provide accurate information in any of these sections, you run the risk of having your application denied. 

How to Apply for Florida Section 8 Housing in Person

Applying for Section 8 in person is one of the best ways in which to submit your application documents because your local PHA office will provide assistance with filling out the application. With their assistance, any questions or concerns you may have will be addressed immediately and without any confusion. Of course, you must also be sure to bring all the documentation and supporting evidence with regards to identity, income, and immigration or citizenship status, so that you can provide it along with your application submission. The information needed to submit your application in person is the same that is required for both the online and mail-in application. 

What Happens After You Submit a Section 8 Application Form in Florida? 

Once you submit your Section 8 application, you will have to wait for a decision on whether your application was accepted or denied. This process can take some time, with applicants waiting months in some cases, or even being put on a Section 8 waiting list. If you submit your Section 8 application online, you may be able to check on your status periodically by logging into your account. If your PHA does not offer online application submissions, or you submitted your application in person or by mail, you can contact your PHA directly to check on your status. Additionally, remember that any changes you may make to your application will cause a delay in the decision making process.  

For more information, you can contact your Florida HUD agency, here.