FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 Q: What are the maximum incomes allowed to be eligible for housing assistance under the Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Programs?
A: The income limits for admission eligibility are based on family size and median incomes in the geographical area in which you are seeking such housing. These limits may be obtained by calling the local Housing Authority in such area.

Q: What is the purpose of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program?
A: The purpose of the HCV program is to provide rental assistance to eligible low-income households for the rental of decent, safe, and affordable housing within the private housing market area.

Q: Can I apply for housing assistance at any given time?
A: No, you can apply for such assistance only during those periods of time during which the local housing authority in the location in which you are seeking such assistance opens its waiting list(s) to new applicants.  You may obtain information pertaining to the opening of waiting lists in any area by calling the local housing authority in such jurisdiction.

Q: Where can I get an application for housing assistance?
A: You can obtain an application for housing assistance from the local housing authority in the jurisdiction in which you are seeking such assistance.

Q: How do I apply for housing assistance?
A: By completing and submitting a housing authority prescribed application form and furnishing the housing authority with all required information pertaining to your family income, size, composition, and other requested information.

Q: How do I know if I’m eligible for housing assistance?
A: There are five Eligibility requirements for housing assistance: qualifies as a family (include 1 person families) as defined by applicable regulations, has an income within the established income limits, meets established citizenship/ eligible immigrant criteria, provides documentation of Social Security numbers, and signs required consent authorization documents.  Families must also meet the Housing Authority’s screening criteria for housing assistance.

Q: How does a Housing Authority select tenants?
A: Each Housing Authority selects and assign tenants based on the criteria set forth in their Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy for Public Housing applicants and in their Section 8 Administrative Plan for applicants under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Q: What happens if I am put on a waiting list for housing assistance?
A: Contact the Housing Authority on whose list you have been placed for detailed information regarding the management of such list.

Q: What are tenant rent payments based on?
A: Tenant payments toward rent are based on 30% of the adjusted gross income of the tenant household.