What if I have Government Housing assistance like Section 8 ?

The federal government assists low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.  Participants find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.  There is an annual Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection procedure to ensure that homes are clean and safe.  Renters with assisted housing, such as Section 8, should start by talking with the office that issued their rental Housing Choice Voucher (HCV).

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency performs contract administration for Section 8 residential issues in 76 counties.  If the property owner or agent is not fulfilling their responsibilities, TDHA may intervene.  For more information, call THDA at 1-800-228-THDA (8432) during normal business hours or visit the THDA webpage anytime.

Local public housing agencies (PHAs) provide services in the other counties.  Some of the local offices are the Metropolitan Development and Housing AgencyMurfreesboro Housing AuthorityMemphis Housing Authority, and Knox County Housing Authority.

Renters who receive assistance can contact their local U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development office.  Many of HUD’s programs have specific requirements for housing quality.  If your housing is not up to standards, then HUD may intervene to have the landlord make repairs as necessary.  Tennessee’s HUD office contact numbers are:

HUD Knoxville Field Office – (865) 545-4370
Jurisdiction: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Pickett, Polk, Roane, Rhea, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Washington

HUD Memphis Field Office – (901) 544-3367
Jurisdiction: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Shelby, Tipton, Weakley

HUD Nashville Field Office – (615) 736-5600
Jurisdiction: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Davidson, De Kalb, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Perry, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson, Wilson