Your local Housing Authority is committed to delivering the Housing Choice Voucher program opportunity to any and all families that qualify for such assistance within it jurisdiction and Counties.
HOW CAN YOU QUALIFY?
Qualification for the Section 8 Program is based on Income Guidelines. These guidelines are listed below. Any family (including singles) whose income falls within the income guidelines may qualify for assistance. The Federal Government requires Housing Authorities to screen out applicants who engage in violent/drug-related criminal activities, who are registered sex offenders, or who have terminated from Federal Housing.
When waiting list is open, you can obtain an application for the Section 8 Program online or at the Housing Authority office. You can take or mail your completed application to the housing authority, upon completion, so that you may be placed on the Section 8 waiting list. Preference is given to families who have a disabled family member or are in a federally declared disaster situation. Once you have been selected from the waiting list you will be scheduled for an eligibility meeting to verify your income and family composition, as well as other eligibility criteria. Once this information has been verified you will be scheduled for an orientation meeting, at which time you will receive your housing voucher and be given the necessary paperwork to present to a prospective landlord.
CHOOSING A RENTAL UNIT
Families with a Housing Voucher are responsible for finding their own rental unit through the newspapers, or other public advertisements and postings for available rental property. The Housing Authority also maintains a list of landlords who have expressed interest in renting to persons on our program. When you have identified a rental unit that suits your needs, your assigned clerk will perform an affordability review. Initially the family may pay between 30% and 40% of their adjusted monthly income toward their rental expenses. After the initial lease period of a year, a family may pay a greater percentage of their adjusted monthly income toward rental expenses. After an affordability calculation is completed your assigned clerk will contact you and your prospective landlord to schedule your unit for an initial inspection.
If the unit passes the initial inspection, your assistance will begin the day that you move in. If necessary, your landlord will be given 30 days to make any required repairs. After the unit passes the inspection, you may move in and begin receiving assistance.
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