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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Division and the Lake County Housing Agency offices are located at 2008 Classique Lane, Tavares 32778. Call 352-742-6540 for more information.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.The purpose of the program is to make rental housing affordable to low-income families with incomes below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Eligibility for a rental voucher is determined based on the total annual gross income and family size. Maximum incomes based upon family size are listed below.

Report Program Abuse

If you suspect someone is fraudulently receiving rental assistance, you can report it to Lake County Housing & Human Services by calling 352-742-6551 or emailing [email protected].

Fraudulent activity may include:

  • Unreported Income
  • Unreported people in the household
  • Drug Use
  • Criminal Activity
  • Violence

You may submit your report anonymously and all information provided is confidential.

Due to confidentiality rules, Lake County Housing & Human Services cannot provide updates on the progress or outcome of an investigation.

Household Size
Number of Persons

Extremely Low Income
*see below for % explanation

Very Low Income
>50% of AMI**

Low Income
>80% of AMI**


16,050.00 $26,750.00 $42,750.00


$18,350.00 $30,550.00 $48,850.00


$21,960.00 $34,350.00 $54,950.00


$26,500.00 $38,150.00 $61,050.00


$31,040.00 $41,250.00 $65,950.00


$35,580.00 $44,300.00 $70,850.00


$40,120.00 $47,350.00 $75,750.00


$44,660.00 $50,400.00 $80,600.00
Effective 4/1/2021. Subject to periodic updating per U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines

* The FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act changed the definition of extremely low-income to be thegreater of 30/50ths (60 percent) of the Section 8 very low-income limit or the poverty guideline as established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) , provided that this amount is notgreater than the Section 8 50% very low-income limit. Consequently, the extremely low income limits mayequal the very low (50%) income limits.

** AMI = Area Median Income

The Section 8 program is administered by the Lake County Housing Agency, which is a part of the Housing and Human Services Department. A rental subsidy is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the participating family. In some cases a utility subsidy is also paid. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord plus utility expenses and thirty percent of its gross annual income. Participating families must be recertified annually to ensure continued eligibility for the assistance and must supply all requested documentation of continued eligibility. Units are inspected annually as part of the recertification process.

Information for potential Landlords

Participating families are expected to abide by a series of reasonable Family Obligations, the most important of which are to pay rent on time and in full, keep the unit neat, clean and in good repair, not disturb neighbors, not allow unauthorized persons to occupy the unit, report all changes in income, and not commit nor allow family members to commit drug-related or violent criminal offenses. Violations of any of these Obligations are grounds for termination. Recipients of End of Participation notices and notices of other administrative decisions have the right to request an Informal Hearing within seven days of the notice date to appeal or question the subject decision.

The Lake County Housing Agency administers 485 vouchers; the demand for vouchers is much greater than the supply. Consequently, the program must operate off of a waiting list, which has been closed since March 2008. Due to the size of the existing waiting list, it is not expected to reopen for several years. Click here for a resource listing that includes other housing subsidy opportunities within Lake County that may be helpful. The contact information is provided on the list.

Periodically, when a sufficient number of vouchers open up, new families will be called off the waiting list. They will be issued a voucher and moving packet after supplying all needed documentation of income and family status and participating in an orientation. Persons with violent or drug-related criminal offenses will not be accepted into the program. The family has sixty days to lease a unit and return the moving packet before the voucher expires. Once the moving packet is returned, Housing Agency staff will inspect the unit to ensure it meets Housing Quality Standards. After a satisfactory inspection and the landlord returns a copy of the lease, staff will review the lease to make sure there are no unacceptable provisions. If the lease is satisfactory, the Housing Agency will issue a Housing Assistance Payments contract to be signed by the landlord and the Housing Agency, and subsidy payments will start.

The Lake County Section 8 program is operated according to an Administrative Plan. The Housing Agency must prepare an Annual Plan and a Five Year Plan which outline specific goals and objectives it plans to achieve during the planning period. The Board of County Commissioners also appoints an Advisory Board consisting of program participants who are charged with overseeing the program. In addition to following the rules and regulations of the Section 8 program, all tenants and landlords must abide by Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes. These statutes not only explain the rules of conduct for tenants and landlords, but they also explain your rights as a tenant and/or landlord. These statutes apply to all landlords and tenants, whether you are on the Section 8 program or renting a unit in the private sector.

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