The Fort Smith Housing Authority
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Applying for Section 8

To apply for Section 8 voucher assistance, you may go to the FSHA central office and request an application for assisted housing or download, complete, and print the application packet and bring it with you. To make application you must bring the completed application, photo identification card and a social security number. Applications are accepted in person Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the FSHA office, located at 2100 North 31st Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904.

FSHA accepts applications from individuals and families whose head of household is at least 18 years of age or is an emancipated minor under Arkansas state law.

FSHA is committed to making reasonable accommodations necessary to give persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to apply. If an applicant needs help in order to complete the application process, such as needing the application read aloud or interpreted, a FSHA representative will be able to assist when necessary.

Section 8 Application Process

After the initial application is received, an applicant is placed on the waitlist according to their application date, time and preference. Once an applicant’s name reaches the top, a letter will be mailed with an eligibility interview date and time. The time an applicant may wait for housing assistance depends on the availability of assistance. The average wait for Section 8 voucher assistance in Sebastian County is 1 to 4 years. Should your contact information change while you are on the waitlist, we ask that you immediately inform us about the change to insure we can make contact with you.

Once selected from the waitlist, the FSHA may request the applicant provide any necessary documents (e.g. birth certificates, social security cards, benefit award letter) needed to determine eligibility and suitability. 

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