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Welcome to Auburn Housing Authority Section 8 Program

 
Tenant Information

The Section 8 program is a government subsidized housing assistance program for low-income families and individuals. Section 8 enables a low-income families and individuals to rent from a private landlord, of their choice, with rental assistance administered by the Auburn Housing Authority.

Under this program, the tenant can expect to pay about 30% to 40% of their monthly income towards their rent. Auburn Housing Authority (AHA) will subsidize the remainder approved rent up to an approved maximum limit. The rent portion AHA pays the landlord is called the Housing Assistance Payment, or HAP, and is paid monthly directly to the landlord from AHA.

To be eligible for this program, one must:
  • Meet HUD income guidelines
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Have at least one family member who is a U.S Citizen or has eligible Immigration status
Please note that at this time Auburn Housing Authority is not accepting new applications for Section 8. When the application process opens again, AHA will advertise in local media the dates and times applications will be given, two weeks prior to the waitlist opening.
 
Landlord Information

As a landlord, you may be wondering if the Section 8 program is for you. There are many benefits of participating in the Section 8 program. Some of them include:
  • Expanding your pool of potential renters
  • Annual inspection of the rental unit by a certified HQS inspector
  • Regular HAP checks from the housing authority with the tenant paying the difference
  • Personal satisfaction of assisting low-income families with a decent place to call home
By participating in the Section 8 program you will not be giving up any rights as a landlord. You will still have all remedies for lease violations in accordance with state law. Many landlords have the misconception that once they rent a unit under Section 8 that their unit will always have to be occupied by a Section 8 tenant. After completing the first 12 months with a Section 8 tenant, you can elect to end the contract if you wish. You will be under no obligation to continue to rent with the Section 8 program in the future unless you choose to do so. What many landlords actually discover about the program is that they wished they had began participating earlier!

As a participating landlord in the Section 8 program, you will have a few important obligations. Some of them include:
  • Enforcement of the lease agreement
  • Collection of the family's portion of rent
  • Mantaining your rental unit in good condition
  • Allow the Auburn Housing Authority to perform annual inspections
If you have any questions regarding Section 8, contact our Section 8 Property Manager at 334-821-2262.
 
Informational Links

HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Fact Sheet
Request for Tenancy Approval
Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract
A Good Place to Live (Describes inspection standards)
 




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