How to Apply for Section 8 in Tennessee

by Katherine Williams

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency governs the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in more than 70 Tennessee counties. The program pays rental assistance subsidies to property owners who rent to low-income families, the disabled and elderly individuals.

Go online to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency's website (see Resources) to submit a pre-application for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list. Click on the link on the left, entitled "Waiting List Openings & Closings by County".

Decide on a county wait list, in which to apply. Select the county and then start your application. The housing authority considers an applicant’s income during the approval process. You will need recent income documentation such as check stubs or tax returns for filling in the "annual gross income" section of the application. Input your total income, in whole dollars.

Complete each section of the application. Identify each member of your household, including their dates of birth, Social Security numbers and income (if applicable).

Write or print out your confirmation number to keep for your records. You should receive this number after submitting your application. The confirmation number verifies your position on the wait list.

Items you will need

  • Check stubs
  • Tax returns

Tips

  • Complete the pre-application thoroughly by filling in all blanks.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation number, contact the office in charge of the county where you are applying.
  • Applicants may apply for multiple county wait lists by completing additional pre-applications for each county.
  • You will receive an eligibility determination letter when you are near the top of the wait list. However, this may take several weeks to several years.
  • Have all documentation for yourself and family members on hand when completing the online application. This documentation may include driver's license and Social Security numbers.

Warning

  • As of June 2010, there were no waiting lists open. However, waiting lists for several counties were to re-open July 1, 2010.

About the Author

Katherine Williams has been writing since 2007. She has covered crime for her neighborhood newspaper, "Sienna News," as well as health and wellness for various online publications. Williams is a medical coordinator at a renowned hospital for cancer patients and holds an Associate of Arts in health-care administration from Houston Community College.

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