Section 8

SECTION 8 APPLICATIONS

The Housing Authority of the City of Opelika Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) waiting list is currently closed. For those who have recently applied, 500 applicants have been selected through the Lottery System. Selected applicants will be notified by mail no later than Saturday, September 30, 2017.

To check to see if you are selected to be placed on the Section 8 Waiting List, please call (833)-387-6685. If you have any additional questions you can email us at opelikaha@opelikaha.org.

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.