CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM
family interested in participating in the Section 8 Housing Choice
Voucher Program may apply to HABD when the waiting list is open
and applications are being accepted. HABD gives public notice
of when the waiting list will open and where applications will
are placed on the waiting list (Preference is given to the homeless and involuntarily displaced applicants due to a f ormally recognized natural disaster or government action).
applicant's name reaches the top of the list, the applicant is
contacted for an interview.
applicants are pulled from the waiting list, they must provide
income verification, family composition, social security numbers
for all family members and other information used in determining
eligibility. Applications must pass a criminal background screening.
must attend a briefing to receive their Housing Choice
Voucher. They will receive information such as the Family Obligations,
the number of bedrooms they are qualified for, etc. This briefing
is about 2 hours and teaches families how and where to find a
unit, how to maintain the unit, how to remain on the program,
as well as other information on tenancy.
are responsible for find their own rental unit.
initial inspection is conducted and the unit must meet HUD's Quality
Housing Standards (HQS).
rent is set by the owner of the property, however, the rent charged
must be reasonable and in accordance with HABD's guidelines.
participant and the landlord will sign an assisted lease agreement.
The PHA is not a party to the lease. The landlord and HABD execute
the housing assistance payment contract. The family is not a party
to this contract.
the unit passes inspection and all documents are signed, the family
moves in and housing assistance payments will begin.