Section 8 Listings - Section 8 Consolidation Program
How can I get involved in Section 8 housing?
Whether you are a potential tenant or landlord, you can learn how to get involved in Section 8 housing with your Section 8 and Subsidized Housing Online Packet. You will have access to Section 8 listings across the United States. If you would like to become a Section 8 landlord, or if you have a property you would like to list on this web site for free, click here. Potential Section 8 tenants can obtain access to Section 8 listings learn about various subsidized housing programs and how to apply for them.
You can find more information on Section 8 listings and how to get involved in Section 8 housing with our Online Packet.
Your Online Packet also contains the Section 8 Consolidation Program application, which you can apply for online. This is a non federal program that awards grants to low income families or individuals.
Applicants can apply for the Section 8 Consolidation program online and or find Section 8 listings and affordable housing in their area. They can also use their online packet to learn about lesser known government rental assistance programs and how, where and when to apply.
The Section 8 Consolidation Program combines low income grants with affordable housing opportunities that come in the form of Section 8 listings in an online packet.
Section 8 housing voucher holders can user their Online Packet to retrieve listings of available Section 8 housing in their area, and apply for the Section 8 Consolidation program online.
Section 8 landlords can discover the benefits of participating in government subsidized housing programs, and they can also list their properties for free on this site (low income or otherwise).
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Therefore, renting to a Section 8 tenant allows you to receive the rental payment on a consistent basis each month. The Public Housing Authority will either mail you a check or they will deposit the amount directly into your account.
Sometimes a tenant is still responsible for a small percentage of the rent and must pay this portion directly to you. Section 8 tenants know that failure to comply with the terms of the lease agreement, including paying rent, could result in the loss of their Section 8 voucher. Therefore, they have a strong incentive to pay their portion of the rent each month.
If you decide to make your property Section 8 friendly, you have some unique marketing opportunities available to you. These opportunities exists both online and in person. Online: If you choose to advertise your rental online, not only can you advertise the property on traditional sites such as Trulia and Craigslist, but on a website that is dedicated specifically to Section 8 listings and tenants. It is called Section8programs.com. First you must register online or by phone. Once registered, you are free to post any Section 8 friendly listing you have on the site. This is a great resource as it allows you to specifically target the Section 8 market.
In addition, you should check with your local Public Housing Authority. Many local offices have their own online sites where you can also list your rental. In Person: When marketing to Section 8 tenants to find Section 8 listings, you not only have the traditional marketing venues available to you, such as grocery stores and community bulletin boards, but you can also post flyers in your local Public Housing Authority office. You can also add your property to their master list of available Section 8 units. This list can be viewed online or a hard-copy can be viewed directly at the office. This marketing method is a great way to reach those that may not have internet access and to hone in even more on your local Section 8 market. It is also free of charge. Consistent Tenant Base
By allowing Section 8 tenants in your property, you are opening up to a previously untapped tenant base. Not only are your broadening your tenant base, but you are also opening your property to a consistent tenant base. There is high demand for Section 8 vouchers. Many areas of the country have wait lists thousands of people long to be on the program. Therefore, you do not have to worry that there will be a shortage of Section 8 tenants. Pre-Screened Tenants In order to qualify for Section 8 housing, tenants must meet certain requirements. The Section 8 housing office focuses their screening on the tenantís income level. However, they often uncover other issues while conducting this income screening, such as a criminal history. Public Housing Authorities will not provide Housing Choice Vouchers to those who have been evicted due to drug related activities within the last three years.
The Public Housing Authority is required to provide the landlord with the following information:
The type of screening they have conducted on the tenant.
The tenant's current and previous addresses.
The name and addresses of the tenant's current and previous landlords.
Section 8 does conduct this basic screening for you, but by no means should you rely solely on their screening. You should conduct thorough tenant screenings on all of your tenants, including Section 8 tenants. This should involve a credit check and background check. Taking the time to properly screen tenants can help you prevent costly evictions and property damage.