Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Section 8 waiting list is currently closed.

Thank you for your interest in the Section 8 department for the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Pierce. Section 8, also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program, provides funding for rent subsidies for eligible low-income families for decent, safe, and affordable housing. Families can select housing within a neighborhood of their choice from a landlord willing to participate in the program. Rent subsidies (vouchers) allow families to pay a reasonable share of their income toward rent while the program, within specific limits, makes up the difference.

Section 8 Rental Assistance

Section 8 Rental Assistance, also called the Housing Choice Voucher Program, is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by Housing Authorities. The program allows qualified applicants the freedom to choose quality privately owned housing throughout their community while maintaining rent payments that they can afford. Vouchers are issued to participants in the amounts based upon the composition of income and family size. Participants can choose any type of housing as long as it meets HUD's Housing Quality Standards, and the rent charged is found to be reasonable as compared to the fair market for a comparable unit.

As with any renter, participants may be screened by landlords, and are responsible for security deposits and enter into a formal lease agreement. Participants are responsible for paying a predetermined portion of their rent directly to the landlord. Generally, participants are required to pay 30% of their adjusted income toward rent. Participants are not permitted to pay more than 40% of their adjusted income toward rent. The FPHA pays the remainder of the rent directly to the landlord each month in the form of a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP).

Participants relocating outside of the jurisdiction of the Housing Authority that administers their voucher may have their voucher transferred anywhere in the United States where an accepting agency operates a Section 8 Program.

See more details on the Housing Choice Voucher Program.


Eligibility for a housing voucher is based on annual gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.

Waiting List

At this time, Section 8 Waiting List is closed. Eligible individuals are removed from the waiting list as Vouchers become available.

The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Pierce will publicly advertise specific dates and times when the waiting list opens. If your name is currently on the FPHA waiting list, it is important that we have accurate contact information for you.

Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV):

Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Applicants may be eligible for the EHV Program. Here is a list of eligibility criteria: 

  1. Experiencing homelessness; 
  2. At risk of experiencing homelessness; 
  3. Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; 
  4. Recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability.

If you feel that you may qualify for assistance, please contact our agency to speak with our Programs Manager, Oun Sharry.