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“Section 8 Wait List is Full” is a Lie!

Section 8 Wait List Never Full!

Section 8 Wait List or Section Eight Wait List Logo

Think out of the Box!

We receive many requests from people asking: “How do I get a Section 8 Voucher?” “I can’t get one because the Section 8 Wait List is Full.” I guess since we write about it all the time, they think we have the magic formula to get them one. We don’t but from my readings, contacts and experience as a Real Estate Investor and Section 8 Landlord, we can tell you what we have learned and pass to Landlords and future Section Eight tenants.


Many people are trying to survive this economic disaster that is currently occurring in the USA. We are sure they didn’t plan on being a Section 8 applicant but stuff happens. They need a place for their families NOW, not seven years from now! So our question is how did the people who have a Voucher get it? What did they do that got them a place to call HOME?

Florida City Section 8 Property

My first Section 8 or Plan Ocho Property in Florida City.

If you follow the existing system now, you will be part of the percentage that receives the message; “The Section 8 Wait List is Full”. That’s a lie! Think about it and Tweet About it! Everyday people are removed from the “Wait List” or voluntarily leave. I’ve seen myself! Why? Various reasons:

  • Death.
  • Re-entered the work force.
  • Drug dealing by a person who signed the lease.
  • Relocation’s (Oh by the way, Vouchers are portable!)
  • Refused to repair the house damaged by them after their yearly inspection.
  • Didn’t pay their part of the rent.
  • Evicted by the Landlord.
  • Wait List applicant didn’t update their application.
  • Divorce.

Think Outside the Box!

We could go on-and-on but you get the picture. If you really want to get a Voucher, you have to think outside the box. Everyone on the waiting list is in the same situation as the current applicant. You must make yourself standout from the rest of the people on the “WAIT LIST”. It is like a job interview where there are 100 applications to process. How are you going to get the job or the Section 8 Voucher? Here are some ideas:

  • Get connected politically to your local, state and Federal representatives. Do work for them, hand out fliers, show up at the office, do volunteer work,….!
  • Don’t be the Victim, be the Victor! Quit Crying!
  • Get HELP to remove yourself from this situation. Go back to school, work two jobs, get help from your church.
  • Remember where you came from and help others in your community!
  • Be positive during interviews! Show that you need help but you are working towards getting back on your feet again!
  • Go to a Public Housing Authority PHA that isn’t so popular and has remaining Vouchers to process.
  • Be willing to move to another area or state. You can always move back later due to Voucher Portability!
  • Get Your Landlord to HELP You. He needs a tenant and you need a HOME.
  • Speak with people who already have a Voucher. What did they do to get one? Copy their idea or expand on it.

Landlords, get to know your local Public Housing Authority PHA and Personnel

Landlord, it is also vital that you get to know the Section 8 or Plan Ocho system. Why? You need tenants and by helping them you are helping yourself. Also Section 8 tenant pool is an extra part of your marketing funnel. The more channels you add the more success you are going to have. Here are some ideas:

  • Go to the local Section 8 PHA’s Landlord meetings.
  • Visit the PHA offices often.
  • Speak with them about what they do and learn the legal tips and tricks to get a “VOUCHER” for your tenant.
  • Also learn what does NOT work and pass on to your future tenants:
    • Lying.
    • Stop playing the victim. Show them that this is temporary and that they are working to get out of this situation and become a contributing member of the community.
    • Ask your tenants how they got their voucher. Pass it on….
America loves Rags to Riches Story!

Be a winner! Pull yourself up and get out of the ditch. There is nothing wrong with asking for HELP! Americans love a winner who came from nothing and made themselves successful.


Written by +Bob Burns



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Public Housing Authority Tags

As Bloggers, we are always thinking of ways of getting good content, news and commentary to our audience efficiently. Since this is a blog about Section 8 and Low Income Housing in Florida, we wanted to use the RSS feeds from the Public Housing Authorities web sites to deliver these facts to our sphere of influence on the internet. As we found out, there are not too many RSS feeds attached to Florida’s PHA web sites. Here are some of the ones we found:



Note: Some of these feeds need to be placed into a feed reader to make any sense to the reader. We can assure you that they are working correctly.

Public Housing Authority PHA News

City of Miami Public Housing Authority Government Offices sign

City of Miami Government Offices Building Sign

We know these Public Housing Authorities accumulate a lot of data and news and release it to the public via news agencies and news wires. While working at Dow Jones, proprietary news we released over the wires and the user could get access to all the historical and current news about a topic or company by using a ticker symbol.
City of Miami Public Housing Authority Office Building

City of Miami Section 8 Office

For example, Telefonos de Mexico or Telmex ticker symbol was TMX. We could reach all the news for Telmex generated for the last couple of years.

We wanted to create the same thing for all the Public Housing Authorities. We see it all the time. Miami Beach Housing Authority is often called MBHA. We try to standardized the Housing Authority’s names by using the first letter from the entity name. Below is a table which has the housing authority name and their TAG symbols. Using these symbols we do a search queries of Twitter and Google for each Housing Authority. The TAGS are hot so just click on them and view the results produced by Twitter and Google.


Florida’s Public Housing Authority Hash Tag Table
+PHA # Tag Plus +
Apalachicola Housing Authority #AHA +AHA
Arcadia Housing Authority #AHA +AHA
Avon Park Housing Authority #APHA +APHA
Polk County Housing & Neighborhood Development #PCHND +PCHND
Bartow Housing Authority #BHA +BHA
Boca Raton Housing Authority BRHA #BRHA +BRHA
Washington County Housing Authority #WCHA +WCHA
Holmes County Housing Authority #HCHA +HCHA
Manatee County Housing Authority #MCHA +MCHA
Bradenton Housing Authority #BHA +BHA
City of Bradenton Housing Authority #CBHA +CBHA
Levy Housing Authority #LHA +LHA
Gilchrist County Housing Authority #GCHA +GCHA
Suwannee Housing Authority #SHA +SHA
Hernando County Housing Authority #HCHA +HCHA
Brooksville Housing Authority BHA #BHA +BHA
Flagler County Housing Authority #FCHA +FCHA
Sumter County Housing Department #SCHA +SCHA
Chipley Housing Authority #CHA +CHA
Clearwater Housing Authority #CHA +CHA
Housing Authority of the City of Cocoa #HACC +HACC
Wakulla County Housing Authority #WCHA +WCHA
Crestview Housing Authority #CHA +CHA
Pasco County Housing Authority #PCHA +PCHA
Dania Beach Housing Authority #DBHA +DBHA
Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach #HACDB +HACDB
Deerfield Beach Housing Authority #DBHA +DBHA
Walton County Housing Authority #WCHA +WCHA
Defuniak Springs Housing Authority #DSHA +DSHA
Deland Housing Authority #DHA +DHA
Volusia County Housing Authority #VCHA +VCHA
Delray Beach Housing Authority #DBHA +DBHA
Eustis Housing Authority #EHA +EHA
Fernandina Beach Housing Authority #FBHA +FBHA
Housing Authority of the City of Ft. Lauderdale #HACFL +HACFL
Fort Myers Housing Authority #FMHA +FMHA
Fort Pierce Housing Authority #FPHA +FPHA
Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority #FWBHA +FWBHA
Gainesville Housing Authority #GHA +GHA
Alachua County Housing Authority ACHA #ACHA +ACHA
North West Florida Regional Housing Authority #NWFRHA +NWFRHA
Flagler County Housing Authority #GCSHA +GCSHA
Haines City Housing Assistance #HCHA +HCHA
Hialeah Housing Authority #HHA +HHA
Hollywood Housing Authority #HHA +HHA
Homestead Housing Authority #HHA +HHA
Collier County Housing Authority #CCHA +CCHA
Jacksonville Housing Authority #JHA +JHA
Housing Authority of the City of Key West #HACKW +HACKW
Key West Housing Authority #KWHA +KWHA
Osceola County Housing Authority OCHA #OCHA +OCHA
Hendry County Housing Authority #HCHA +HCHA
Union County Housing Authority #UCHA +UCHA
Columbia County Housing Authority #CCHA +CCHA
Lake Wales Housing Authority #LWHA +LWHA
Lakeland Housing Authority #LHA +LHA
Pinellas County Housing Authority #PCHA +PCHA
Broward County Housing Authority #BCHA +BCHA
Citrus County Housing Authority #CCHA +CCHA
Live Oak Housing Authority #LOHA +LOHA
MacClenny Housing Authority #MHA +MHA
Baker County Housing Assistance Program #BCHAP +BCHAP
Marianna City Housing Authority #MCHA +MCHA
Melbourne Housing Authority #MHA +MHA
Housing Authority of Brevard County #HABC +HABC
Carrfour Supportive Housing #CFSH +CFSH
City of Miami Department of Community and Economic Development #CMDCED +CMDCED
Miami-Dade Public Housing & Community Development #MDPHCD +MDPHCD
Miami Beach Housing Authority #MBHA +MBHA
Milton Housing Authority #MHA +MHA
Jefferson County Housing Authority #JCHA +JCHA
Mulberry Housing Authority #MHA +MHA
New Smyrna Beach Housing Authority #NSBHA +NSBHA
Niceville Housing Authority #NHA +NHA
Lee County Housing Authority #LCHA +LCHA
Ocala Housing Authority #OHA +OHA
Orange County Housing and Community Development #OCHA +OCHA
Orlando Housing Authority #OHA +OHA
Ormond Beach Housing Authority #OBHA +OBHA
Seminole County Housing Authority #SCHA +SCHA
Pahokee Housing Authority #PHA +PHA
Palatka Housing Authority #PHA +PHA
Springfield Housing Authority #SHA +SHA
Panama City Housing Authority #PCHA +PCHA
Pensacola Area Housing Commission #PAHC +PAHC
Pensacola City Housing Authority #PCHA +PCHA
Plant City Housing Authority #PCHA +PCHA
Pompano Beach Housing Authority #PBHA +PBHA
Punta Gorda Housing Authority #PGHA +PGHA
Housing Partnership, Inc. #HPI +HPI
Riviera Beach Housing Authority #RBHA +RBHA
Sanford Housing Authority #SHA +SHA
Sarasota Housing Authority #SHA +SHA
Sarasota Office of Housing & Community Development #SOHCD +SOHCD
Boley Centers for Behavioral Healthcare #BCBH +BCBH
Dunedin Housing Authority #DHA +DHA
Saint Petersburg Housing Authority #SPHA +SPHA
Stuart Housing Authority #SHA +SHA
Tallahassee Housing Authority #THA +THA
Tampa Housing Authority #THA +THA
Florida Housing Authorities Risk Management Insureds #FHARMI +FHARMI
Tarpon Springs Housing Authority #TSHA +TSHA
Lake County Housing Agency #LCHA +LCHA
Titusville Housing Authority #THA +THA
Venice Housing Authority #VHA +VHA
Indian River County Housing Authority IRCHA #IRCHA +IRCHA
West Palm Beach Housing Authority #WPBHA +WPBHA
Palm Beach County Housing Authority #PBCHA +PBCHA
Winter Haven Housing Authority #WHHA +WHHA
City of Winter Park Housing Authority #CWPHA +CWPHA
Lee County Human Services #LCHS +LCHS
Miami Department of Community Development #MDCD +MDCD
Orange County Housing Finance Authority #OCHFA +OCHFA


Written by +Bob Burns

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