How to Apply for Section 8 in Ohio

The Ohio Section 8 application requires you to supply a lot of detailed information in order to prove you meet Section 8 eligibility requirements to receive housing assistance. If you want to apply for Section 8, make sure you learn all about the application process below before you get started so you are prepared to offer the required information. The application will ask questions on a variety of topics to ensure you meet the standards for the program.

The Section 8 application online option includes using the official Ohio Housing Locator website offered through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). You can learn more about those options in the appropriate section below. To apply for low income housing, regardless of how you submit your application, you will require specific details for all members of your household, as well as documentation to prove those details. In each section below, find out what information you will need and how to submit your request according to your preference for applying.

How to Apply for Section 8 Online in Ohio

The low income housing application in Ohio must be submitted to your local Public Housing Authority (PHA). To understand how to apply for Section 8 housing, you must first figure out your local PHA. You can find the contact details based on where you live using the HUD online database. You can also get assistance from any other local government office, including a town hall or even a public library.

To apply online for low income housing, you must verify that your local PHA accepts online applications. Additionally, you must confirm that your local PHA is actually accepting new applications right now. Many PHAs have long waiting lists because the need for housing assistance always outweighs the available housing options and government funding given to local communities. 

For example, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority held a housing voucher application lottery in June 2018 and does not expect to reopen the Section 8 waiting list for another three to five years. You are allowed to apply to multiple housing authorities at the same time, so you can try that method if waiting lists are a problem in your area. Some PHAs may offer pre-applications for waiting applicants.

If your HUD housing application can be submitted online to your local PHA, simply follow the website instructions for creating an account and then completing your application information directly through their online system. If there is no online application option, you will have to follow the below instructions for submitting your application by mail or in person instead.

You can search for Section 8 housing online using the Ohio Housing Locator website offered by the OHFA. Just make sure when you start your search that you select the “I have a Section 8 voucher” option from the dropdown menu of “Rent” options.

How to Apply for Ohio Section 8 Housing by Mail

To apply for Section 8 in Ohio by mail, you will have to contact your local PHA to obtain the correct and current application form. You can access all contact details for OHIO PHAs in Ohio through the HUD database. Note that some offices offer combined services, while some are specifically for Section 8 or specifically for Low-Rent. Some PHAs may offer forms online, but many may require a phone, mail, in-person or email request to get the application.

To find out how to apply for housing assistance, make sure you contact the correct type of office for the type of assistance you require. Also, remember that Section 8 is officially called the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), which is an acronym you will see on many forms and websites related to Section 8 housing.

To submit your HUD Section 8 application by mail, you will need to gather details for all of the members of your household. Before you start your low income housing application, make sure you have the following information on hand:

  • Personal details: You will need the full legal names, dates and places of birth, and Social Security Numbers of each member of your household to complete the application.
  • Income details: You must include all earned and unearned income on your application for all household members. You will also require other financial details, such as retirement or savings accounts.
  • Residency details: Only U.S. citizens or lawfully present immigrants can apply for housing assistance. Make sure you can prove the status of each individual in your household and have that documentation ready to include with your application.

How to Apply for Ohio Section 8 Housing in Person

If you prefer to submit an application for Section 8 housing in person, then you can contact your local PHA office to find out when and where to visit. PHAs often have certain hours available for getting help with housing applications, so be sure to ask and show up at the appropriate time for extra help. Getting help in person will ensure your application is complete and will then be processed by the PHA.

Be sure to gather all housing assistance application documents before you visit the office in person to avoid any problems. If you bring all of the details and documents mentioned in the list above, then you should be able to complete the application in person at the office on your first visit for the Section 8 interview for eligibility. Without those details, you will not be able to complete the application. 

What happens after you submit a Section 8 application form in Ohio?

You can easily do a Section 8 application status check online if you applied online and created an account. Otherwise, in order to find out the current status of your application, you will need to follow the instructions provided by the PHA when you applied. Some PHAs will notify you of the results of your application by mail or by phone. 

If your Section 8 application is rejected for any reason, you must be notified in writing and the reasons for the denial must be included. When reviewing the list of tenant disqualifications, you can see if you are eligible for a Section 8 appeals process. You can then request a review of your case if you feel that an error has been made. Always be sure to keep your contact details updated with your local PHA so you can receive any correspondence from their office in a timely manner.