Apply to be added to OHFA's Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List.
Once an applicant reaches the top of the waiting list, OHFA contacts them to schedule an appointment to start the eligibility review process.
OHFA offers waiting list preferences to individuals and families who are homeless or who are experiencing a mental or physical disability.
OHFA offers a preference to individuals and families who are homeless. This includes those who have been displaced by a major disaster as declared by the President of the United States..
Victims of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking displaced as a result of fleeing violence in the home will be included in the homeless definition if the following conditions under certain conditions.
OHFA offers a local preference for a person with disabilities. This means if you or a family member meets one of the definitions, you may be eligible and will be placed on the waiting list ahead of applicants who are not disabled.
Disability is defined as an inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment.
The Participant Handbook explains how the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program works in detail. The handbook and its accompanying documents may be found here.
Enterprise Income Verification Information
Rental Housing Discrimination
Is Fraud Worth It?
AffordableHousing.com Property Search
HAP Contract (Sample)
Landlord Tenant Act
Lead Based Paint Prevention
Landlords in the Housing Choice Voucher program provide families with a healthy, safe and affordable place to live. Units must pass Housing Quality Standards and be maintained as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments. The landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the tenant and the contract signed with OHFA.
OHFA currently offers Virtual Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections for new units due to Coronavirus safety concerns. To prepare for an inspection, landlords should do the following:
See answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding OHFA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program helps eligible Housing Choice Voucher participants achieve goals that lead to financial independence.