Hal Roark

How to Find Your Local Section 8 Public Housing Authority (PHA)
by Hal Roark

If you are thinking of getting into Section 8 Landlording (and you should!), you will need to know where your local PHA is and how to contact them.

You will need to contact your local PHA for a variety of documents: the "getting started" landlording package, the rent rates your local PHA will pay for an apartment, the paperwork needed to get your property on their list, etc.

Finding your PHA is easier now than it used to be, thanks to the internet.

For example, when I go through the steps above, and click on Louisiana, and then New Orleans, I get the following…


The Director's Office is your first point of contact at HUD. If you have general questions about HUD or its programs, please call or email us.

  • New Orleans
  • Shreveport
New Orleans
Hale Boggs Federal Building
501 Magazine Street, 9th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130-3099
Phone: (504) 589-7201
Fax: (504) 589-6619
TTY: (504) 589-7277
Patricia Hoban-Moore, Field Office Director
Contact the Director's Office
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday


Note: this is still not the local PHA. This is the regional HUD office for your area. That's not what you want. You want the office overseeing the Housing Choice Voucher Program (new name for Section 8 program).

Call the phone number of the office closest to you, and tell them you are a landlord (or prospective landlord) who wants to know the contact information for your local PHA.
They will give you that information, and point you in the right direction.

Good luck!

Hal Roark
Hal Roark is a full time real estate investor from New Orleans, Louisiana. Hal got started in real estate investing in 1997, having made over $138,000 on his first deal "by accident, when I didn't even know what I was doing."

Today, Hal specializes in renovating properties needing serious structural repair, and he also invests in unique landlording niches. These unique niches include Section 8 investments, rehab lease options, renting to people with pets, renting to international students, as well as other creative investing strategies that "provide huge profits with small hassles."

Hal served on the board of the New Orleans Real Estate Investors Association for four years, one of the oldest and largest reia groups in the United States.

Hal has been a guest speaker before many reia groups around the country. Hal is still in the trenches every day doing deals, and he teaches others how to replicate the success he has achieved via his website, www.landlordingsecrets.com.

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