Section 8 Housing Assistance through Spokane Housing Authority

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This lesson explains the HUD Section 8 Low Income Housing Assistance Program  as administered through the Spokane Housing Authority. Note: This lesson is under development. This page describes Renters Pass’s understanding of the topic. Any errors or omissions are unintentional and are based on our understanding of the program. This page is not currently endorsed by Spokane Housing Authority or any other organization.



Section 8 Housing Assistance is important to our society

Housing is a fundamental need for human existence. This program assists low income and other qualified people and families to find a stable, safe and healthy home.  A home is a base requirement for:

Individual success

  • Stability of the individual
  • A place to be safe and recover
  • A jumping point for employment


Family success

  • Physical health of families
  • Safety and stability of children
  • Support educations


Community success

  • Healthy community
  • Community safety
  • Community participation
  • Reduced burden on support services – police, fire, health, mental health



Spokane Housing Authority

Spokane Housing Authority is a public agency providing housing through property through the Section 8 housing which accesses rental homes from private landlords, and through properties it owns.

Spokane Housing Authority is a catalyst to find housing for eligible tenants. HUD funding is available for eligible tenants which include low income, elderly, HUD disabled and children.



This diagram explains the Section 8 funding and accountability process



These 4 steps explains the section 8 program


Step 1: Tenant initiates application

  1. Tenant applies to the HOUSING AUTHORITY (HA)
  2. SHA verifies eligibility criteria
  3. SHA completes due diligence on applicant – income, rental history, criminal
  4. Tenant receives training on voucher program (Briefing Packet) – Appendix A
  5. SHA issues voucher to Tenant


Step 2: Tenant finds property and negotiates with willing Landlord

  1. Tenant finds property
  2. Tenant applies for rental property
  3. Tenant provides landlord with application
  4. Tenant / landlord calculate maximum Housing Voucher Subsidy (included in Appendix A)
  5. Tenant / Landlord negotiate and complete Landlord provided Lease Agreement
  6. **** NOTE Sections of HUD Lease clauses override the Landlords Lease ****


Step 3: Application for Section 8 Housing Program

  1. Request for Tenancy – Landlord and tenant to complete (LL submit to SHA) – Appendix B0 to B4
  2. Lease – Landlord provide copy of signed lease (LL to submit to SHA)
  3. Inspection – SHA inspects property for habitability (LL request, SHA coordinate, LL to be present)
  4. Landlord establish contact with “Gold Team” – Appendix C0
  5. HAP contract – landlord to complete – Appendix C1 to C11
  6. Other information – landlord to complete – Appendix D1 to C11


Step 4: Ongoing Rental Process

  1. SHA pays from the date of signing every 1st of month by direct deposit (70%)
  2. Tenant moves in
  3. Tenant issues resolved with Landlord-Tenant-SHA relationship
  4. Funding ends – rent agreement continues or terminates

Summary of documents required

  • Appendix A – Briefing Packet
  • Appendix B – Request for Tenancy Approval, Housing Choice Voucher Program
  • Appendix C – Housing Assistance Payment Contract (Contract information / HAP contract / Tenant rules)
  • Appendix D – Other information (Owner certification / W-9 / Representative Authorization form)
  • Lease Agreement – provided by Landlord




Housing quality standards inspection overview

Before the Housing Authority can make payments on behalf of a tenant family, the unit must meet HUD’s minimum Housing Quality Standards (HQS). These standards have been implemented by HUD nationwide to ensure that all assisted units meet minimum health and safety standards. The Housing Authority will inspect the unit for HQS initially and at least annually.

In order to ensure the unit meets Housing Quality Standards, review the requirements and correct any HQS violations before the inspection. At the time of the inspection, the unit should be “move‐in” ready.

Required Repairs

If the unit fails the initial inspection or annual inspection, an inspection report with the failed items indicated will be mailed to the owner. When the repairs are complete, owners must contact the Housing Authority to request a re‐inspection.

Initial housing assistance payments cannot be made until the unit passes an inspection. Repairs for the annual inspection must be made within 30 days or 24 hours for life threatening emergencies. For annual inspections, if repairs are not made by the stated deadline, housing assistance payments will stop.

Common HQS Failed Items

  • Non functional smoke detectors
  • Missing or cracked electrical outlet cover plates
  • Railings not present where required
  • Peeling exterior and interior paint
  • Trip hazards caused by installed floor coverings (carpets/vinyl)
  • Cracked or broken window panes
  • Inoperable burners on stoves or inoperable range hoods
  • Missing burner control knobs
  • Inoperable bathroom fan/no ventilation
  • Leaking faucets or plumbing
  • No temperature/pressure relief valve on water heaters


Click on the attached forms for further information:


Calculate the Section 8 voucher support using this criteria

Information to be added:

In short, the value of the voucher depends on the location or the property, size of the property, income of the applicants, total rent and utilities.





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