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Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers Incentive Program for Section 8 Landlords

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 17:57:20-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Housing Authority is continuing the landlord participation incentive for property owners interested in maximizing on their returns by partnering with The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers (HACFM) Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8).

Funded through the CARES Act, HACFM has launched a new incentive program for property owners called “HACFM Shares.” While recognizing the added difficulties of making rental units available for HCV families during stay-at-home orders and social distancing practices, the new program aims to increase owner’s participation in the HCV Program.

A signing bonus, with a maximum of $2500, can be paid directly to property owners upon successful execution of a new HAP contract beginning on or after Nov. 1, 2020. A $500 signing bonus (up to five additional units) for landlords participating in the Section 8 program.

As of Jan. 1, landlords will receive a $500 signing bonus on any new units approved with a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract. This incentive, subsidized with Federal Cares Act funding, is specifically for Lee, Collier and Highland county landlords who make their properties available to voucher holders.

The one-time payment per NEW unit $500 incentive will be available until funds are exhausted.

“With the current spotlight being on homelessness in our city, this new incentive is to strongly encourage landlords and owners of residential properties to open their doors to our voucher participants. With biennial inspections, guaranteed rents, and providing community support, it is a win-win for everyone,” says Renee Gray, who serves as the Director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program for the Housing Authority.

Virtual information sessions will stream live on The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers public YouTube Page every other Thursday at 5 p.m., starting Jan. 14.

For more information go to the website or contact Thea D. Parker, Housing Landlord Liaison or call 239-344-3232