Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) Open Enrollment

June 29 – July 13

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) Open Enrollment

We are excited to announce the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8) will open for preliminary applications for 15 days from June 29 through July 13.

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OPEN ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

  • The voucher open enrollment will reopen for 15 days only.
  • 10,000 applicants will be selected by lottery following the closure of the open enrollment period. This is not first-come-first-serve enrollment, so there is no need to rush and apply on the first day of the open enrollment period.
  • Applicants who are selected can expect to wait up to 2 1/2 years to be drawn from the waitlist for the housing assistance eligibility process to receive their housing assistance voucher.
  • If you’re already on the Section 8 waitlist, you do not need to reapply.
  • There is no cost to apply.
  • An email will be required to apply.

 

APPLY


CHECKLIST: WHAT YOU NEED TO APPLY

  • Each applicant will need an email address to apply
  • Social Security numbers for each household member, if available.
  • A mailing address
  • An active phone number

Opportunity Home’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program offers the opportunity for eligible low-income families to rent from a landlord in the private rental market.

A family issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a unit suitable for their family and entering into a lease agreement with the landlord. The renter will pay rent directly to the landlord and Opportunity Home will pay a subsidy to cover the rest of the rent.

A family’s eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by your total annual gross income and family size. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.

 

FAQs

WHEN CAN I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?

Opportunity Home will accept preliminary applications from Wednesday, June 29, through Wednesday, July 13, at homesa.org/enrollment.

WHERE CAN I APPLY?

All applications must be completed online at homesa.org/enrollment.

IF I’M ON THE VOUCHER PROGRAM WAITLIST, DO I HAVE TO APPLY AGAIN?

No, you do not. If you are already on the waitlist, we will call you off the waitlist before we begin helping families who are applying during this open enrollment period.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ON THE CURRENT WAITLIST?

You can check your status by logging into the applicant portal on SAHA.myhousing.com. If you do not remember your login information, send an email to homesawaitlist@homesa.org to speak with staff who can help.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE I KNOW IF I RECEIVED A VOUCHER?

Once the open enrollment period ends, you will receive an email and mailed letter within 30 days stating whether you were added to the waitlist or not. If you are selected by the lottery, it can take up to 2 ½ years before you will move to the eligibility process.

HOW WILL I FIND OUT IF I HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY THE LOTTERY?

You will receive an email and mailed letter with your next steps and helpful information.

IF I DON’T RECEIVE A VOUCHER NOW, WHEN WILL I HAVE A CHANCE TO APPLY AGAIN?

We will use email and social media when we announce the next open enrollment.

IF I APPLY EARLY, DO I HAVE A BETTER CHANCE TO GET A VOUCHER?

Your chances to be selected by the lottery system will be the same regardless of when you apply within the 15 days. By using the lottery system, we are ensuring you can apply for assistance at your own convenience.

WHEN WAS THE LIST PREVIOUSLY OPEN?

Opportunity Home’s Housing Choice Voucher Program waitlist was last open from Sept. 1, 2021, to Sept. 17, 2021. During that open enrollment period, we accepted 5,000 applications.

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS IF I DON’T RECEIVE A VOUCHER THIS TIME?

You have the option to apply for our Public Housing Program by visiting homesa.org/housing. We also have affordable housing options at our Beacon Communities and Partnership properties where you can check if you are eligible for housing assistance through these avenues.

RESOURCES

SPEAK TO SOMEONE

We have staff ready to help you prepare for the open enrollment!
Talk with someone!

Opportunity Home central Office
818 S. Flores St.
By Appointment Only or Phone
8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Opportunity Home public Housing Properties
All locations across the city
Computer labs are open to residing residents only
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CREATE AN EMAIL

FIND INTERNET AND COMPUTER ACCESS

If you need access to a computer or free Internet to apply, visit a computer lab
at one of the locations below.

UTSA Westside Community Center
1310 Guadalupe Street

Tuesday through Friday // 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BiblioTech
1. 3505 Pleasanton Rd
2. 1203 N Walters
3. 2003 S Zarzamora

Monday through Friday // 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday // 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Workforce Solutions Alamo Onestop Computer Labs
1. 6723 S. Flores St.
2. 4535 E. Houston St.
3. 4615 Walzem Road
4. 7008 Marbach
5. 3652 Bluemel Road

Monday through Friday // 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

San Antonio Public Library
1. 3350 E. Commerce
2. 2200 W. Commerce
3. 6307 Sun Valley
4. 1023 Ada

Monday and Tuesday // 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday // 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.