Section 8

SECTION 8 APPLICATIONS

 

 

The Housing Authority of the City of Opelika will be accepting applications for rental assistance under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.  Only 500 applications will be selected from a pool of applications conducted by a LOTTERY SYSTEM.  All applications have the same chance of being selected regardless of the date and time the application is submitted.  Applications must be submitted online at www.opelikaha.org  beginning Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 8:00 a.m. thru Friday, August 25, 2017 ending 12:00 midnight. Applicants needing assistance and/or access to a computer can go to the Resident Services Bldg. located at 500 Raintree St., Opelika, AL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Monday Thursday.  If additional assistance is needed, email us at opelikaha@opelikaha.org or call (334)745-4171 or (334)749-5468.

Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)
1706 Toomer Street
Opelika, Alabama
(334) 745-4433

SECTION 8 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Housing Choice Voucher program (HCVP) is administered by the Opelika Housing Authority with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HCVP is a federally-funded program offering much needed rental assistance to low-income families through the issuance of housing vouchers. These vouchers give our families the freedom to select decent, safe, and sanitary housing based on their individual needs. Participating landlords provide our families with a greater choice and better housing opportunities for rental units located throughout the City of Opelika and some parts of Lee County. There are many advantages for the landlord as well. 

These include:

Low Vacancy Rates: Because clients are always looking for good, affordable housing, a Housing Choice Voucher landlord rarely has a vacant property.

Good Clients: OHA conducts extensive background checks (including criminal background checks) on all potential Housing Choice clients. Landlords are able to make their own selection criteria, too. A participating landlord is not required to rent to a family who does not meet all eligibility requirements.

Well-Maintained Housing: OHA conducts an initial property inspection and follow-up annual inspections. Along with the landlord's period checks, these inspections insure that properties are maintained at the highest level.

Guaranteed Rent: Most Housing Choice families have a financial safety net if the tenant experience a loss of income. In those instances, OHA normally increases its part of the rent subsidy.

Direct Deposit: Housing Choice landlords receive their rental payments on time every month.

Limited Paperwork: HAP contracts are standardized and prepared by OHA at its office.