Qualify and Apply for Section 8 In Orlando, FL Hassle-Free

iEditorial Note: These blog posts represent the opinion of DoNotPay’s Writers, but each person’s situation and circumstances vary greatly. As a result, you should make sure to do your own independent research. Because everyone is unique, our self-help tools are never guaranteed to help with any specific situation. DoNotPay is not a law firm, is not licensed to practice law, and is not equivalent to the services of a licensed lawyer. DoNotPay provides a platform for legal information and self-help, and does not offer legal services. Third party news articles mentioned on our website do not necessarily reflect the views of the company, or the current services that we offer.

Qualify and Apply for Section 8 In Orlando, FL Hassle-Free

The Orlando Housing Authority handles around 2,400 housing vouchers at any given time. Like many Section 8 programs, Orlando's waiting list is closed, and there's no reopen date at this time. It will only reopen when current GoSection8 Orlando, FL, recipients leave the program. Those already on the waiting list can access the applicant portal to view their application and to change information as needed.

You might have noticed that the GoSection8 program expanded recently into AffordableHousing.com in order to include all available, affordable housing programs, including . But when the Section 8 applying process is closed, affordable housing for all is not much more than reference. But it's a good reference, and you can still make contact with the Orlando Housing Authority in order to find Section 8 housing. DoNotPay can help you do that in order for you to stay on top of the waiting list process.

Who Is Eligible for Section 8 Housing?

There are minimum requirements for based on your length of residency and your income.

Residency Requirements

You must be a U.S. citizen and a Florida resident to qualify for a Section 8 housing voucher.

Income Limits

Your household income largely determines your Section 8 eligibility in Florida. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, better known as HUD, establishes those income limits that Florida uses to determine whether you fit into one of three categories:

  • Low Income
  • Very Low Income
  • Extremely Low Income

These categories are based on the Florida county you reside in, the county's median income calculation and family size. The 2022 median income for Florida is $55,660, down from the 2020 median income of $57,435. Orlando is the county seat of Orange County. The median family income in Orlando differs from the median household income in Orlando.

  • Median family income: Family income is calculated using the incomes of all in a single-family over age 15. Families are defined as those related by blood, marriage, or adoption. So if two families reside in one household, there will be two median family income calculations.
  • Median household income: Household income is calculated using the incomes of all those residing in a home, not just family members.
  • Per capita income is not used in Section 8 calculations. That calculation, although per person, is calculated for a geographic region or nationally. For Section 8 purposes, it uses county information by family and household.

Your county Public Housing Authority (PHA) determines your eligibility based on your total annual gross income, which cannot exceed 50 percent of the county's median income, and family size.

Your DIY Guide to Orlando Section 8 Housing

Your Public Housing Authority collects your documentation regarding family income, assets, and size. This information will be verified by employers, banks, and pertinent local agencies specific to the family application. After it is determined that your family is eligible, only then are you placed on the waiting list for a voucher. You won't get an actual voucher until your name is met on the list. It is possible that your local PHA can assist you immediately if there is an emergency situation.

By Federal law, if your income doesn't exceed the 30 percent median income level as determined by your county, the Public Housing Authority must provide 75 percent rental assistance to the voucher.

Below are two contacts for your local PHA office:

1. Orlando Housing Authority (combined public housing)

Address390 N Bumby Avenue

Orlando, FL 32803

Phone(407) 895-3300
Fax(407) 895-0820
Email contactOrlando Housing Authority

2. Orange County Housing and Community Development (Section 8)

Address525 E South Street

Orlando, FL 32801

Phone(407) 836-5150
Fax(407) 836-5188
Email contactOrange County Housing and Community Development

DoNotPay Can Help You Find Affordable Housing

If you want to apply for , but don't know where to start, DoNotPay can help you with just a couple of easy steps.

  1. Answer a few questions about your income, family size, veteran/disability status, which county you hope to live in, etc.

  2. DoNotPay will find the PHA in charge of that county and contact them with all of your eligibility information to determine if you can start applying. They'll get back to you directly via email with the next steps.

DoNotPay is your partner not only for finding Section 8 affordable housing for your family but for many of life's persistent issues.

Why Use DoNotPay?

DoNotPay is:

  • Fast—Hone in on finding affordable .
  • Easy—Find Section 8 eligibility with just a few clicks.
  • Successful—Get your Section 8 public housing authority email and start applying.

Managing Life's Tasks with Ease

Finance and Money with DoNotPay

Want your issue solved now?