24 CFR § 906

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Home / Program Offices / Public and Indian Housing / PIH / Office of Housing Choice Vouchers / About the Housing Choice Vouchers Program / Housing Choice Vouchers Fact Sheet

What are housing choice vouchers?The housing choice voucher program is the federal government"s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, & the disabled to lớn afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able khổng lồ find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

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The participant is miễn phí to lớn choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited lớn units located in subsidized housing projects.

Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies(PHAs). The PHAs receive sầu federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (dramrajani.com) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family"s choice where the owner agrees to lớn rent under the program. This unit may include the family"s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

A housing subsidy is paid khổng lồ the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord & the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the PHA, a family may use its voucher khổng lồ purchase a modest home page.

Am I eligible?

Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by the PHA based on the total annual gross income và family kích thước and is limited to lớn US citizens và specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family"s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolirã area in which the family chooses to lớn live. By law, a PHA must provide 75 percent of its voucher to lớn applicants whose incomes bởi not exceed 30 percent of the area median income. Median income levels are published by dramrajani.com & vary by location. The PHA serving your community can provide you with the income limits for your area và family size.

During the application process, the PHA will collect information on family income, assets, & family composition. The PHA will verify this information with other local agencies, your employer & bank, & will use the information lớn determine program eligibility và the amount of the housing assistance payment

If the PHA determines that your family is eligible, the PHA will put your name on a waiting menu, unless it is able lớn assist you immediately. Once your name is reached on the waiting danh sách, the PHA will liên hệ you and issue lớn you a housing voucher.

How bởi vì I apply?If you are interested in applying for a voucher, tương tác the local PHA. For further assistance, please liên hệ the dramrajani.com Office nearest to lớn you.

Local preferences & waiting menu - what are they & how vày they affect me? Since the demvà for housing assistance often exceeds the limited resources available lớn dramrajani.com & the local housing agencies, long waiting periods are common. In fact, a PHA may cthua kém its waiting danh sách when it has more families on the menu than can be assisted in the near future.

PHAs may establish local preferences for selecting applicants from its waiting các mục. For example, PHAs may give sầu a preference lớn a family who is (1) homeless or living in substandard housing, (2) paying more than 50% of its income for rent, or (3) involuntarily displaced. Families who qualify for any such local preferences move ahead of other families on the menu who do not qualify for any preference. Each PHA has the discretion khổng lồ establish local preferences to reflect the housing needs và priorities of its particular community.

Housing vouchers - how do they function? The housing choice voucher program places the choice of housing in the hands of the individual family. A very low-income family is selected by the PHA to participate is encouraged to lớn consider several housing choices to lớn secure the best housing for the family needs. A housing voucher holder is advised of the unit kích cỡ for which it is eligible based on family form size và composition.

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The housing unit selected by the family must meet an acceptable cấp độ of health & safety before the PHA can approve the unit. When the voucher holder finds a unit that it wishes lớn occupy và reaches an agreement with the landlord over the lease terms, the PHA must inspect the dwelling và determine that the rent requested is reasonable.

The PHA determines a payment standard that is the amount generally needed to rent a moderately-priced dwelling unit in the local housing market và that is used to lớn calculate the amount of housing assistance a family will receive sầu. However the payment standard does not limit and does not affect the amount of rent a landlord may charge or the family may pay. A family which receives a housing voucher can select a unit with a rent that is below or above the payment standard. The housing voucher family must pay 30% of its monthly adjusted gross income for rent and utilities, & if the unit rent is greater than the payment standard the family is required to pay the additional amount. By law, whenever a family moves lớn a new unit where the rent exceeds the payment standard, the family may not pay more than 40 percent of its adjusted monthly income for rent.

The rent subsidyThe PHA calculates the maximum amount of housing assistance allowable. The maximum housing assistance is generally the lesser of the payment standard minus 30% of the family"s monthly adjusted income or the gross rent for the unit minus 30% of monthly adjusted income

Can I move and continue khổng lồ receive sầu housing choice voucher assistance? A family"s housing needs change over time with changes in family form size, job locations, và for other reasons. The housing choice voucher program is designed to allow families to move without the loss of housing assistance. Moves are permissible as long as the family notifies the PHA ahead of time, terminates its existing lease within the lease provisions, & finds acceptable alternate housing.

Under the voucher program, new voucher-holders may choose a unit anywhere in the United States if the family lived in the jurisdiction of the PHA issuing the voucher when the family applied for assistance. Those new voucher-holders not living in the jurisdiction of the PHA at the time the family applied for housing assistance must initially lease a unit within that jurisdiction for the first twelve months of assistance. A family that wishes to move sầu khổng lồ another PHA"s jurisdiction must consult with the PHA that currently administers its housing assistance to lớn verify the procedures for moving.

Roles - the tenant, the landlord, the housing agency và dramrajani.com Once a PHA approves an eligible family"s housing unit, the family và the landlord sign a lease &, at the same time, the landlord and the PHA sign a housing assistance payments contract that runs for the same term as the lease. This means that everyone -- tenant, landlord & PHA -- has obligations và responsibilities under the voucher program.

Tenant"s Obligations: When a family selects a housing unit, & the PHA approves the unit và lease, the family signs a lease with the landlord for at least one year. The tenant may be required lớn pay a security deposit lớn the landlord. After the first year the landlord may initiate a new lease or allow the family to lớn remain in the unit on a month-to-month lease.

When the family is settled in a new trang chủ, the family is expected to comply with the lease and the program requirements, pay its mô tả of rent on time, maintain the unit in good condition and notify the PHA of any changes in income or family composition.

Landlord"s Obligations: The role of the landlord in the voucher program is lớn provide decent, safe, và sanitary housing lớn a tenant at a reasonable rent. The dwelling unit must pass the program"s housing chất lượng standards and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments. In addition, the landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the tenant và the contract signed with the PHA.

Housing Authority"s Obligations: The PHA administers the voucher program locally. The PHA provides a family with the housing assistance that enables the family to lớn seek out suitable housing và the PHA enters inkhổng lồ a contract with the landlord to provide housing assistance payments on behalf of the family. If the landlord fails khổng lồ meet the owner"s obligations under the lease, the PHA has the right to lớn terminate assistance payments. The PHA must reexamine the family"s income và composition at least annually & must inspect each unit at least annually lớn ensure that it meets minimum housing chất lượng standards.

dramrajani.com"s Role: To cover the cost of the program, dramrajani.com provides funds khổng lồ allow PHAs to lớn make housing assistance payments on behalf of the families. dramrajani.com also pays the PHA a fee for the costs of administering the program. When additional funds become available to lớn assist new families, dramrajani.com invites PHAs khổng lồ submit applications for funds for additional housing vouchers. Applications are then reviewed và funds awarded to lớn the selected PHAs on a competitive basis. dramrajani.com monitors PHA administration of the program to lớn ensure program rules are properly followed.

Additional Information & other subsidy programs For additional information about the voucher program, liên hệ either thelocal PHA serving your community or the Office of Public Housing within your local dramrajani.com office. There may be a long wait for assistance under the housing voucher program. If the PHA also administers the public housing program,applicants for the housing choice voucher program may also ask lớn be placed on the waiting danh mục for the public housing program. dramrajani.com also administers other subsidized programs and you may obtain a danh mục of programs in your area from the Office of Housing at your local dramrajani.com office.What regulations cover this program?Regulations are found in 24 CFR Part 982.