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Family Orientation
Welcome to the
Housing Choice Voucher Program!
(formerly known as Section 8)
“In the homes of America are born
the children of America;
and from them go out into American life,
American men and women.
They go out with the stamp of
these homes upon them;
and only as these homes are
what they should be,
will they be what they should be.”
Josiah Gilbert Holland 1819-1881
(aka Timothy Titcomb)
Today’s Agenda
What to expect on the program.
How much can you afford?
How to find your new home.
Your best face forward.
A good tenant is always welcome!
When something goes wrong.
Family Self Sufficiency.
Required Personal Documents
Photo I.D. of head of household/spouse.
Birth certificates and custody papers of all minors .
Proof of income, checks stubs, W2 forms.
Landlord references (past and present)
Social Security Cards for each family member.
Military records, if applicable.
Proof of legal residency for non-citizens.
“Do you think that when they asked George Washington
for ID that he just whipped out a quarter?”
Steven Wright, comedian
What to Expect
You can expect that all persons will be
treated fairly and equally without
regard to race, color, religion, sex,
familial status, handicap, or national
origin in compliance with the Fair
Housing Act.
What to Expect, continued.
You will fill out specific forms.
Voucher size and rental obligations determined.
You pay 30% of eligible income.
You are allowed to pay up to 40% for expensive unit.
You should only look for units you can afford.
You should only look for landlords who participate.
Unit must meet condition and quality guidelines.
Price for unit must be same as other similar units.
Your situation will be reviewed annually.
What Is Expected from You
Honesty in all our communications
Diligence in seeking a unit
Politeness in our relationship
Responsibility in tenant occupancy
Knowledge of lease requirements
Avoid all illegal activity
I have a dream that my four little children
will one day live in a nation where they will not
be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reasonable Accommodation
 More time to find your unit.
 More money to pay for an accessible unit
 Help to find a suitable unit.
 Lists of accessible properties.
 See your case manager for instructions.
"When faced with a mountain, I will not quit!
I will keep on striving until I climb over,
Find a pass through, tunnel underneath,
Or simply stay and turn that mountain
Into a gold mine with God's help."
Robert H. Schuller
Partial List of Family Obligations
Pay your rent and utility bills on time.
Report all changes in income or family size.
Everything must be true on your forms.
Additional rent is prohibited.
Allow housing authority and landlord to inspect unit.
No crime committed by participants.
Eviction will cost your voucher.
Back Rent = no voucher.
It's not enough that we do our best;
sometimes we have to do what's required.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
How Much Rent Can You Afford?
What is Considered:
• Your Working Income (all family members!)
• Child Support
• Disability/ SSI payments
• Your family size
• Number of children
• Elderly or disabled dependents
• Medical expenses
• Other family assets
– Property/Real Estate
– Cash
Rent Budget
Determined with case manager’s help.
Shop for a unit under the price limit.
Know your voucher bedroom size.
Remember the voucher limit includes all utilities.
If the landlord does not pay utilities, you will from
the utility allowance portion of your assistance
payment. Know what is the most you can rent for
the unit alone when choosing a unit.
“We didn't actually overspend our budget.
The allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.”
Keith Davis
How To Find Your New Home?
• The Housing Authority maintains a regularly updated list of
participating units/landlords.
• Classified advertising in the local paper or apartment book.
• Internet web sites listing available apartments.
Signs in your desired neighborhood
Local real estate companies (general searches, look for other sites here)
Remember, you are asking to live in one of the most expensive
possessions of the landlord. Can you be trusted to take good
care of it?
“Each person is born to one possession
which out values all his others - his last breath”
Mark Twain
A Landlord’s Dream Tenant
• Polite and respectful.
• Clean, neat, showered, clean hair and
• Don’t smoke!
• No alcohol on your breath.
• Appropriate language.
A Landlord’s Nightmare Tenant
• Sloppy, dirty clothes, pajamas.
• Rude, interrupting, critical.
• Bad breath.
• Careless of home during inspection.
• Telling dirty jokes or cursing.
• Bad mouthing last landlord. (even if they deserved it)
A Good Tenant is Always Welcome!
• Pay your rent portion and utility bills on time.
• Know the lease rules and stick to them.
• Promptly request emergency maintenance involving
water or electricity or natural gas/propane gas.
• If there is danger, leave unit, call 911 then landlord.
• Don’t break or damage anything!
• Get along with neighbors, as much as you can.
• Don’t call landlord really late or really early. A good
time frame is 8am to 6pm unless it is an emergency
• Keep it clean. (reasonably!)
When Something Goes Wrong
A tenant may request an Informal Hearing when a
termination is due to one of the following reasons:
1. Your unit has more bedrooms than your voucher
2. You are accused of failing to perform your
responsibilities to the Housing Authority and/or
the landlord.
3. Your family is absent from the assisted unit for
longer than the maximum allowed time period.
4. You fail to provide enough evidence of
citizenship and eligible immigration status.
Informal Hearings not Allowed
1. General policy issues.
2. The Utility Allowance Schedule or how much you get
for utilities.
3. A request for an extension or suspension of a
voucher term has been denied.
4. The Housing Authority did not approve a unit or
5. The unit did not meet Housing Quality Standards
6. Unit did not meet HQS because of your family size or
7. Issues concerning the Housing Authority’s dealings
with the landlord under the Housing Assistance
Payment (HAP) contract.
Family Self Sufficiency
• A voluntary program for helping you achieve your dreams!
• Personal goal established
– Home ownership
– Education
– Saving emergency funds
• Takes five to seven years
• Program coordinator from housing authority
– Help with program (cheering you on!)
– Many extra services
– Monitoring progress
• Interest bearing escrow accounts
– Families have received checks up to $14,000!
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)
In Closing…..
• Questions?
“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
Herm Albright (1876 - 1944)

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