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Orlando Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Orlando Housing Authority 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.

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  • Reply User   2019-03-26 21:57:57

    Moving from South Carolina to Orlando within the next couple of months with my two children. As this is an emergency been living with family and now the living arrangements are becoming a little unbearable. And since it happened all of a sudden need financial help for housing.

  • Reply User   2019-06-10 19:10:43

    Single Mom with child my son 8 yrs old with DS , he is my Special Angel, Im Deperately looking for a studio or 1 bedroom for myself & my son we are Homeless & living in & out of hotels, friend's couches, street, & van. Please I have been looking for help for past 3 years

  • Reply User   2020-06-07 12:01:44

    Looking for help with rent in the Summerfield area, I am a 70 yr old man living on social security in the amount of $690 per month and have not been able to find a job to offset my income. I am currently renting a room from another senior and need help with my $500 per month rent. please help

  • Reply User   2020-09-15 17:46:11

    Are you helping with rent assistance or light bill assistance.

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