Fort Payne Housing Authority owns and operates 283 Public Housing apartment units and 111 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to assist low income families. 

The Public Housing apartment units are located in the City of Fort Payne, Sylvania and the Town of Valley Head, Alabama. The units are subsidized by HUD for low-income families and individuals. Public Housing units were established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities with the opportunity to rent an affordable apartment. As a tenant, you will be responsible for the payment of your power usage; cable (if a tenant chooses to have it) is also paid by the tenant. A utility allowance is calculated for all tenant paid utilities and deducted from their rents.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market throughout DeKalb County, Alabama. The FPHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to administer the voucher program. The Section 8 allows participants to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the FPHA. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the FPHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. If the family chooses to move, the assistance is transferable. All housing must be inspected by FPHA and meet Housing Quality Standards.