Landlords in the private market can lease their apartments to families in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. The program is federally funded and administered by the Fall River Housing Authority (FRHA). The process of renting to a family in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is similar to renting to a family in the private market – the landlord screens and selects tenants, collects rent and maintains the property.
The FRHA screens Voucher holders for program eligibility only – to determine how much rent the FRHA will subsidize and how much rent the tenant will pay on their own. As in the private market, the owner is responsible for screening applicants for suitability as tenants. Selecting tenants, whether Voucher holders or not, is limited only by fair housing requirements and the prohibition of discrimination as established by federal and state law.