Applications will only be accepted when the waiting list is open. Applicants will be notified if they are ineligible for the program and eligible applicants are reviewed when their name comes to the top of the waiting list. At review applicants must complete the required steps to verify their preference qualification, income eligibility, and background checks are completed. See the Administrative Plan for disqualifying factors.
If funding is available at that time, a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher will be issued. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher allows the family sixty (60) days to locate suitable housing and submit a Request for Tenancy Approval form. Additional time may be granted depending on circumstances and the amount of effort the voucher holder has made in their apartment search.
Although vouchers do not have established maximum rents, monthly rental amounts must be affordable for the family and their share cannot exceed 40% of their adjusted monthly income.
The determination of the family's share of the rent and the HABC's Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is based on the contract rent, payment standard, utility allowance, other allowances, and household income. When the Housing Choice Voucher is issued, the family is provided with estimates of the minimum amount that they are expected to contribute toward the rent and the maximum subsidy that the HABC will pay. The family selects the a unit within their affordability based on the estimates provided by the HABC. The final calculation of the family's share of the rent and the HAP payment amount cannot be completed until the family has selected a unit and the unit information is verified.