Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 Program
Below is a general description of the process once a family has applied for our HCV Program/Section 8.
CURRENTLY WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING SECTION 8 APPLICATIONS AS OUR WAITING LIST IS CLOSED
WE NEVER ASK FOR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IN ORDER FOR YOU TO APPLY FOR ANY OF OUR HOUSING PROGRAMS
Under the Section 8 program, the family is declared eligible or ineligible based on income verifications, criminal history and other background checks by the local Housing Authority (HA). If declared eligible, the family is issued a voucher when the funds are available and they are the next on the waiting list. The family then chooses a decent, safe, and sanitary unit to live in. If the owner agrees to lease the unit to the family and if the local HA approves the unit, the HA will enter into a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract with the owner to make monthly payments to the owner to help the family pay the rent.
The local HA determines the amount of the monthly housing assistance payment to be made based on HUD guidelines. Generally, the monthly housing assistance payment by the local HA is the difference between the contract rent in the lease and the tenant rent (usually 30% of the monthly adjusted family income). When the family finds a suitable unit and the owner agrees to participate in the Section 8 Program, the family must give the local HA a request for lease approval signed by the owner and family. Before the family is approved to move in, the local HA must determine that all program requirements are met, the unit is eligible and has passed Housing Quality Standards, the rent is reasonable and does not exceed fair market rent limitations and the lease is approved and includes the HUD lease addendum. CLICK HERE for Participant Change Form.
PRELIMINARY APPLICATIONS (Section 8)
Foley Housing Authority advertises for applications in the local newspaper, on our telephone greeting, posted in our Lobby, through local agencies and on our website. The ad will specify where, when and who is eligible to apply. Families applying for Public Housing must qualify under the HUD published low income limits per family size and under the very low-income limits for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Names of applicants are placed on the waiting list in the pending status. When the family's name reaches the top of the waiting list, all family information is verified to determine eligibility or ineligibility and an interview is conducted with the family. Ineligible families will receive a letter of denial stating the reason for the denial and will be given the right to an informal hearing. Eligible families receive a letter that their name has been placed on the waiting list along with instructions for the next step in obtaining their voucher. All correspondence will be mailed to the address we have on file.
NOTE: IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REPORT ALL CHANGES WITHIN TEN (10)DAYS OF THE CHANGE HAVING OCCURRED. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE CHANGE FORM AND MAIL, FAX, OR BRING TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IN PERSON. CLICK HERE for Change of Information Form
If you are a Section 8 Applicant and you wish to verify your current position on the Section 8 waiting list CLICK HERE .