Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)

What are Housing Choice Vouchers?

·         The Housing Choice Voucher program, managed by HUD, is the Federal Government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing.

·         The Housing Authority of Southeastern Utah administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in Grand and San Juan counties.

·         A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. 

·         The amount of your housing voucher will vary depending on your household’s annual income.

·         A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for choosing a suitable housing unit where the owner (landlord) agrees to rent under the guidelines of the Section 8 program.

·         Rental units chosen by the household receiving a Section 8 housing voucher may include the family's current residence.

·         Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety.     

Am I Eligible? 

Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined based on the total annual gross income and household size.

·         In general, the family's income may not exceed 50% of the median income.

·         By law, the Housing Authority must provide 75% of its vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location. 

·         The program is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.

How do I Apply?

·         If you are interested in applying for a Housing Choice Voucher, fill out an application and submit it to our office.

·         The application can be found at the link provided below and includes a checklist on the first page with documents you will need to provide in addition to the application.

·         Fill out as soon as possible to secure a spot on the Section 8 waiting list!

·         The first page of the application also includes the maximum incomes allowable for families depending on how many persons are in the household.

Application Process

We will collect information on your entire household’s annual income, assets, and family composition. We will verify this information with other local agencies, your employer(s), and your bank. We will use this information to determine if you are eligible for the program and if so, what the amount of your housing assistance voucher would be each month.

 

If we determine that your household is eligible, we will put your name on a waiting list. Once your name comes up to the top of the waiting list, we will contact you by direct mail and issue you a housing voucher. If your mailing address changes, notify us immediately so that you can receive your top of the list letter and receive your housing voucher! You will have 60 days from the time you receive your housing voucher to secure rental housing.

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