Kenneth Gray and Jasmin Ayala
The Landlord Guide to the Section 8 Housing Program is being given to you as part of your initial program briefing. It contains a great deal of information and should answer many of the questions you have regarding the Section 8 Program.
The Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance Program administered by The Tampa Housing Authority, (THA) is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the purpose of the program is to make decent, safe and sanitary housing affordable to very-low, and extremely low income households in the private rental market.
Households that meet eligibility requirements normally pay approximately 30% to 40% of their adjusted monthly income towards their monthly rent and utility costs. The program pays the balance of the rent directly to the owner of the rental property or to their appointed agent.
In order for the Section 8 Program to be successful, it is vital that a good working relationship is developed between Tampa Housing Authority and property owners and managers who contract with the THA to provide housing for program participants. One of the goals of this guide is to provide landlords with all the information they will need to be successful not only renting to a Section 8 participant, but as a landlord in general.
Landlord/Managers can visit the Landlord Liaison department Monday through Thursday 9 am to 4:30 pm. Also, available online are our Landlord Packets and forms to change your address or direct deposit information.
Are you new to the program or wondering if the program is right for you? THA offers orientations for prospective and current landlords. These orientations will address every aspect of the program and erase any misconceptions.
Attending a Landlord Orientation is mandatory for program participation, and is Free.
Tenants and Landlords are invited to register for the HQS Inspections Portal for real-time information
- View Inspection Notifications
- View Inspection Schedules
- View Inspection Results
- View Pictures of Fail Items
- Print Copies of Reports
Go to http://thafl.cgihousing.com
From your ACH statement use your vendor number ( v or s0001234) as your user name and zip code as the password.
Secure, real-time access to inspection information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Download the HQS Inspections Portal User Guide
Contact CGI Support
Call Technical Assistance at (888) 538-4275, Option 4.
Needed: Qualifying Units for Veterans
The Housing Authority of the City of Tampa (THA) has been awarded 205 HUDVASH vouchers which are
targeted for veterans who are homeless and chronically homeless. This makes a total of 645 allotted
HUDVASH vouchers since 2008. The HUDVASH program operates in the same manner as the Housing Choice
Voucher program except that families are referred from the Veterans Administration to the Tampa Housing
Authority to receive a voucher for housing. The family will pay a portion of rent based on his or her
income and THA in essence will pay the difference as long as the rent is considered reasonable.
THA is looking for owners who are willing to rent to the chronic and non-chronic homeless veteran
population. Under the Department of Housing and Urban Development's definition, a chronically homeless
individual is someone who has experienced homelessness for a year or longer, or who has experienced at
least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years and has a disability. A family with an
adult member who meets this description would also be considered chronically homeless. Chronically
homeless people are among the most vulnerable people in the homeless population. This particular
population may have behavioral health problems, including severe mental illness and substance abuse
disorders, conditions that may be exacerbated by physical illness, injury or trauma. Consequently,
they are frequent users of emergency services, crisis response, and public safety systems. These
individuals if not provided permanent supportive housing may die on the streets.
Often time these individuals may not pass the normal or standard tenancy screening criteria and are
often denied housing. Owners who are willing to bypass the normal screening process such as waiving
the security deposit, including all utilities in the rent, and allowing for leniency on the screening
criteria will allow more veterans to be housed. These veterans are matched with Veterans Administrative
case managers who provide continuous services to ensure the veteran will remain housed. The case
managers will serve as mediators in the instance the veteran may violate the lease.
Opening Doors is the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. The Plan was
presented to the Office of the President and Congress on June 22, 2010 and puts us on a path to end
Veterans and chronic homelessness by 2015; and to ending homelessness among children, families, and
youth by 2020. A Rapid Results Housing Boot Camp was held April 15-17 in Tampa, Fla. This event was
designed to train those already helping homeless Veterans in their communities to learn new and more
efficient ways to house Veterans and provide them with the services they need. Teams of representatives
from the Veterans Administration, Tampa Housing Authority, the Homeless Coalition, and Hillsborough
Homeless Recovery and other agencies united and pledged to end chronic veteran homelessness by 2015
by working toward the goal of housing 60 veterans a month. Therefore, in order to meet the President’s
goal of ending chronic veteran homelessness, THA needs committed partners that will provide housing to
In order to house the chronically homeless, it is our goal to make available 30-40 pre-inspected units
for these veterans. If you are interested in having your unit pre-inspected and made available for
veterans, please contact Margaret Jones at email@example.com.
THA is also interested in Shared Housing which has proven to be beneficial to the veterans as they
remain part of unique bond. Shared housing is basically leasing each bedroom of a unit, e.g.,
three bedroom home would house three separate veterans with individual leases. The rent to owner
would be divided based on the bedrooms in the unit. If interested please also email
If you are unable at this time to lease a unit to a veteran, there is still opportunity to assist.
Veterans may not have funds to pay for security or utility allowance deposits, furnishings, or
household goods. All donations made will go directly to a veteran in need. You may make your donation
Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County’s website.
The link below is the information presented at the June 25th Community Forum meeting:
Homeless To Housed
Tenant's housing counselor and their Walk-In Days
|Counselor Name||Client Last Name||Walk-In Days
| ||THOMPS-WAT||WED 2-4 & FRI 8:30-10:30
| ||FSS | RICK,TEE||MON 2-4 & FRI 9-11
|Ajita Yuwana||JOHNSON,K-LS||MON 2-4 & WED 9-11
|Althea Shaw||MERCE-NORTON, R||Wed & Fri 10:00am- 12:00 PM
|Ana Rentz||Project Base||Mon 8-12
|Barbara Boateng||HILL,K-JOHNSON,J||MON-WED 10:0012:00
|Desiree Boswell||FSS | HID-MEL||TUE-THURS 9-11
|Desmon Newton||FSS |CU-HIC||TUE-THURS 9-11
|Diane Frink||FSS |TEF-Z||TUE 10-12 & THURS 2-4