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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.The purpose of the program is to make rental housing affordable to low-income families with incomes below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Eligibility for a rental voucher is determined based on the total annual gross income and family size. Maximum incomes based upon family size are listed below.

Household Size
Number of Persons

Extremely Low
>30% of AMI*

Very Low Income
>50% of AMI*

Low Income
>80% of AMI*

1

$12,300

$20,500

$32,800

2

$14,050

$23,400

$37,450

3

$15,800

$26,350

$42,150

4

$17,550

$29,250

$46,800

5

$19,000

$31,600

$50,550

6

$20,400

$33,950

$54,300

7

$21,800

$36,300

$58,050

8

$23,200

$38,650

$61,800

Effective 12/11/2012. Subject to periodic updating per U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines
* AMI = Area Median Income

The Section 8 program is administered by the Lake County Housing Agency, which is a part of the Housing Services Section of the Department of Community Services. A rental subsidy is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the participating family. In some cases a utility subsidy is also paid. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord plus utility expenses and thirty percent of its gross annual income. Participating families must be recertified annually to ensure continued eligibility for the assistance and must supply all requested documentation of continued eligibility. Units are inspected annually as part of the recertification process.

Information for potential Landlords

Participating families are expected to abide by a series of reasonable Family Obligations, the most important of which are to pay rent on time and in full, keep the unit neat, clean and in good repair, not disturb neighbors, not allow unauthorized persons to occupy the unit, report all changes in income, and not commit nor allow family members to commit drug-related or violent criminal offenses. Violations of any of these Obligations are grounds for termination. Recipients of End of Participation notices and notices of other administrative decisions have the right to request an Informal Hearing within seven days of the notice date to appeal or question the subject decision.

The Lake County Housing Agency administers 485 vouchers; the demand for vouchers is much greater than the supply. Consequently, the program must operate off of a waiting list, which has been closed since March 2008. Due to the size of the existing waiting list, it is not expected to reopen for several years. Click here for a resource listing that includes other housing subsidy opportunities within Lake County that may be helpful. The contact information is provided on the list.

Periodically, when a sufficient number of vouchers open up, new families will be called off the waiting list. They will be issued a voucher and moving packet after supplying all needed documentation of income and family status and participating in an orientation. Persons with violent or drug-related criminal offenses will not be accepted into the program. The family has sixty days to lease a unit and return the moving packet before the voucher expires. Once the moving packet is returned, Housing Agency staff will inspect the unit to ensure it meets Housing Quality Standards. After a satisfactory inspection and the landlord returns a copy of the lease, staff will review the lease to make sure there are no unacceptable provisions. If the lease is satisfactory, the Housing Agency will issue a Housing Assistance Payments contract to be signed by the landlord and the Housing Agency, and subsidy payments will start.

The Lake County Section 8 program is operated according to an Administrative Plan. The Housing Agency must prepare an Annual Plan and a Five Year Plan which outline specific goals and objectives it plans to achieve during the planning period. The Board of County Commissioners also appoints an Advisory Board consisting of program participants who are charged with overseeing the program. In addition to following the rules and regulations of the Section 8 program, all tenants and landlords must abide by Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes. These statutes not only explain the rules of conduct for tenants and landlords, but they also explain your rights as a tenant and/or landlord. These statutes apply to all landlords and tenants, whether you are on the Section 8 program or renting a unit in the private sector.

The Housing Services Section and the Lake County Housing Agency offices are located at 323 N. Sinclair Ave, Tavares 32778. Call (352) 742-6540 for more information.

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