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WHA Section 8

The Authority also administers a Section 8 Tenant-Based Housing Choice Voucher program. This program is available to elderly, family and single person households. Unlike the public housing properties described so far, this is a tenant based program. Participants who have received a Section 8 voucher find their own apartment in the community and the Authority pays a portion of the rent directly to the landlord. The Authority cannot pre-screen apartments to determine if the unit would be eligible for a Section 8 rental.

What landlord's should know about Section 8: A Section 8 voucher can be administered in Webster by a number of possible housing authorities and non-profit agencies, not just the Webster Housing Authority. An applicant with a Section 8 voucher can and should be screened for suitability as you would any other prospective tenant. The Authority is prohibited from any screening other than for criminal records. You should also collect a Security Deposit from a Section 8 voucher holder, as you would any other tenant. The Authority does not pay for damages when the participant vacates. You are responsible for providing your own lease between you and the tenant, and you will also sign a Housing Assistance Payments Contract with the Authority.

A Section 8 participant who holds a voucher will have proof of that for you. They will ask you to complete a Request for Tenancy Approval packet which asks details about the property, its amenities and utilities, as well as ownership. The Authority will review the current payment standards and rent reasonableness of the unit after the Request is received and the apartment is inspected. The average wait on our Section 8 list is 8-10 years.

The Webster Housing Authority also maintains a small Massachusetts Rental Voucher program which is similar to Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program but is funded by the state's Department of Housing and Community Development.