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The Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 program is a highly popular rental assistance program that provides affordable housing for low-income families while paying housing subsidies directly to participating landlords. The Housing Choice Voucher program gives low-income families options, most importantly the freedom to rent a house, duplex, trailer or apartment anywhere within the Tulsa city limits where the landlord will accept Housing Choice Voucher program subsidy.
Although the lease agreement is between the resident and their landlord, THA subsidizes the resident’s rent payments. Therefore, a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract exists between THA and the landlord. The program provides the landlord with guaranteed rent as long as the landlord is in compliance with their HAP contract and the resident is in the housing unit.
Applicants need to meet several criteria to be eligible for assistance through the Section 8 voucher program. Landlords and their rental units must also meet eligibility standards.
At the time an applicant is selected off the waitlist the total household income must not exceed the following income limits:
At the time of final determination of eligibility, each applicant will undergo a criminal background screening before being offered initial assistance through the Section 8 program. Each applicant must complete a Release of Information for Housing Consideration form, authorizing the Tulsa Police Department or any other local, state or federal law enforcement agency to release to THA a copy of any convictions of the applicant within the last two years.
Those applicants who have been convicted of certain crimes within a two-year period prior to making formal application for the program may be denied assistance.
In order to receive assistance, a family member must be a U.S. citizen or eligible immigrant. A family is eligible for assistance as long as at least one member is a citizen or eligible immigrant.
Debts Owed to THA
The family must have satisfied any outstanding debt owed to THA or another Housing Authority as a result of prior participation in any federal housing program.
A rental unit is eligible for the Section 8 program if it is determined to be rent-reasonable and passes an inspection based on the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Quality Standards.
Any landlord willing to work within the guidelines of the Section 8 program is eligible to participate, as long as they are in good standing with Tulsa Housing Authority.
Landlords may be barred from participating if they have breached leases with tenants or violated laws or program rules. Landlords are not allowed to rent units to relatives who are voucher holders.
Voucher Payment Standards are used in the calculation of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) that Tulsa Housing Authority pays to the property owner on behalf of the family leasing the unit. The amounts listed above represent the maximum monthly assistance payment THA will pay a property owner by bedroom size.
Wait List Selection
Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) Process
All housing units must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection, following HUD guidelines, before being added to the voucher program. For more information on what those inspections entail, click here.
Below are additional forms and information to assist you.