How the Housing Choice (Tenant Based) Program Works
Your first step is to attend the Section 8 orientation, where you will receive your rent assistance voucher and learn how to use it.
All new participants are required to attend the Section 8 orientation. The purpose of the orientation is to provide you with all the information you need to be a successful Section 8 participant. At the orientation, you will receive your voucher. Below is a summary of the information that will be covered at the orientation.
Using Your Voucher
- Your voucher is an agreement between you and The Corpus Christi Housing Authority. When you sign your voucher, you are agreeing to abide by the Statement of Family Obligations. In exchange, The Corpus Christi Housing Authority will assist you with your rent, provided that you find an approved place within the time limit.
- Your voucher is valid anywhere in Nueces County. After you have fulfilled your initial lease, you may be able to transfer your voucher to anywhere in the United States, providing you are in good standing with the Corpus Christi Housing Authority and your landlord.
- You must find a rental unit and submit a Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) before your voucher expires. You may be eligible for a voucher extension, but it must be requested in writing and granted before the original expiration date. If you don’t, the voucher will be issued to someone else from the waiting list, and you will be required to re-apply when the waiting list opens again.
- If you or the new landlord do not agree on tenancy, or the selected unit does not pass CCHA Quality Standards inspection, you will be given back the un-expired time on your voucher to search for another unit.
Finding a Home
- You may choose to use your voucher in your present home. This is called “leasing in place.”
- You may also search any listings for available apartments or log onto hacc.gosection8
- Remember that you will be signing a lease with the owner. Make sure that the place you find is in good condition and that you will be able to afford your portion of the rent.
- Consider the neighborhood. Talk to the neighbors. Is it safe? What schools will your children be going to? Check out nearby shopping and access to public transportation.
- If you select a unit built before 1978, it may contain lead. Read the brochure enclosed with the Section 8 orientation folder and follow the steps listed on the back to protect your family from lead.
Applying for an Apartment
Most landlords will require you to complete an application. Be sure you are prepared to complete the form by having the names, addresses, and phone numbers of your references with