The Garland Housing Agency administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program enables families to obtain decent, safe, and sanitary housing by subsidizing a portion of the tenant's monthly rent and paying it directly to the property owner. Any type of private rental housing is eligible to participate in Section 8, including single family dwellings, apartments, and townhouses. Paperwork is minimal and the owner retains normal management rights and responsibilities, including tenant selection, rent collection, property maintenance, and lease termination.
Use HAPCheck to look at your payments. Use your TIN without any spaces or dashes, and your temporary password will be your vendor ID number that was issued to you by the City.
Each requested rental rate will undergo a rent reasonableness test performed by our inspectors. This comparative decision is based on the area in which the unit is located and the size, features, and amenities of the unit. If the rent is not determined reasonable, the landlord is given the opportunity to provide any additional information that may prove helpful in making the final decision.
Payment Standards / Fair Market Rents
Rents are established periodically by HUD. The Housing Choice Voucher program requires that rent for a dwelling unit (including utility allowance) is not to exceed the current Fair Market Rent. Rent for the Housing Choice Voucher program may exceed the Payment Standard provided the rent is determined reasonable for the area by GHA.
View the 2014 Payment Standards Chart
Landlords are responsible for establishing and collecting security deposits. Landlords may not charge a Housing Choice Voucher participant a higher deposit than a nonparticipating family.
Contract / Lease Renewal
Before the voucher contract expires each year, the GHA will re-examine the tenant's qualifications, arrange to re-inspect the dwelling unit and review the landlord's status in the program. If the tenant still qualifies and the review process is satisfactory, a new contract may be signed by the landlord, tenant, and GHA.
Residents of the United States are entitled by law to safe and decent housing regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status. Discrimination in the rental of property or the provision of services is prohibited by law.
Available Property Listing Form
The Garland Housing Authority has partnered with http://www.gosection8.com/, which provides an enhanced program to list rental properties online. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or townhomes in the private market. Landlords can add rental properties and tenants can view rental listings.
Download the Direct Deposit Authorization Form to have all payments made by the Garland Housing Agency deposited directly into your bank account. For more information or help please call (972) 205-3393. You can also download Utility Allowance information, a list of the current utility allowance provided by GHA.