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  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

What is Section 8?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) 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 in the private market. Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by Public Housing Agencies (PHA’s), who receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

Since the housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments. The participant may choose any housing that meets the minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA, and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participant. The participant then pays the landlord a portion of rent (the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program) based on approximately 30% of their monthly household income.

If the participant selects a unit that is higher in rent than the approved payment standard, the participant must pay the difference up to 40% of the monthly household income. However, rent charged by the landlord for the participants unit must be comparable to rent charged for unassisted units in the area.

Applications

When application enrollment is opened, the public will be notified by an announcement in the Fort Bend Herald.  Applicants should bring information on income, social security numbers, and address and telephone number where they can be reached.

When applicants are selected to receive assistance, they will be invited to an interview to verify their income and assets. They will need to furnish birth certificates and social security cards for all family members.

The RHA waiting list is currently closed.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the 2016 Waiting List

To check your status on the 2016 Waiting List, click HERE

A.  How do I check my status on WaitList Check?

1. Open up an internet browser and type the following in the address line: www.waitlistcheck.com

2. Type in the user name you created during the application process and the password. The user ID will be printed on your application receipt. Your user ID will be either your email address or the phone number you entered during your application process.

3. If you do not remember your password, click on Forgot Password and following the prompts. You will need to answer the security questions you created during the application process.

You can request your new password be sent via email, txt or phone.

4. Once you have logged in, you will be able to view your status on the waiting list.

If InActive, you were not selected for the Waiting List.

If Active, you were selected for the Waiting List and may now create an account on
www.AssistanceCheck.com using the Assistance Check pin on your Application Receipt if you want to receive alerts through your email.

The process for an  active applicant to create and then activate an AssistanceCheck user account is as follows:

1. The applicant logs into www.assistancecheck.com and clicks on the click to create an applicant account.

2. The applicant then enters in their last name, ssn, date of birth and the PIN number

3. The applicant then sets up two security questions and responses

4. The applicant then reviews their setup information prior to submitting the request to activate the account including their email address.

5. An email is sent from AssistanceCheck.com to the recipient email address and the applicant opens the email received and click on the link to complete the process to activate the account. Once activated the applicant may log into www.AssistanceCheck.com

PDF Instructions for WaitListCheck and AssistanceCheck

B.  When will I receive my voucher?

The RHA will contact you via www.assistancecheck.com  and/or mail once the RHA has begun the qualification process for your account within 2 months to 3 years.

Keep your contact information up to date through www.assistancecheck.com.

C. What is my number?

There are no numbers given for the 2016 Waiting List.  The RHA will contact you via www.assistancecheck.com and/or mail once the RHA has begun the qualification process for your account within 2 months to 3yrs.

D.  I lost my application receipt, how do I setup my assistancecheck.com account?

If you need your assistance check access code,  please come into the office with your identification card.

E.  Why was I not chosen?

A random computer-generated lottery was used to select 1000 applicants for the waiting list.   You may re-apply when the waiting list opens again.

F.  I need emergency housing assistance?

You may dial 211 from your phone, the United Way directory for other assistance.

G.  When will the Waiting List Open again?

When the current 2016 waiting list is exhausted, the RHA will open the waiting list.

H.  I need to report a change of income?

Your income is verified when the RHA contacts you to begin the qualification process for your account which could be within 2 months - 3 years.

ATTENTION FAMILIES LOOKING FOR SECTION 8 VOUCHER ASSISTANCE:  Watch out for SCAMS! Reportedly, there are Internet Sites claiming to be application sites for voucher assistance.   They are taking fees and personal information from people claiming to put them on waiting lists. These are BOGUS! The only way you can apply for voucher assistance is directly through a local housing authority. In Texas, go here  to find the applicable housing authority.

Waiting List

The average wait for housing approximately two years.  Once an application is complete, applicants must keep it active by updating changes in income, family size, address, and phone number.

The Family's Responsibilities:

Provide the Housing Authority with complete and accurate information pertaining to the family income and composition.

Report any changes in income and family composition that occur throughout the year.

Locate a suitable unit and pay security deposit and application fee to the owner.

Attend scheduled appointments and return documents on time.

Maintain the property and repair any damages beyond normal wear and tear.

Comply with the terms of the lease.

Pay their portion of rent on time to the owner.

Comply with all family obligations under the Housing Choice Voucher Program

Payment Standards

Payment Standards Effective November 1, 2016 - October 31, 2017

Utility Allowances

Utility Allowances for 2016

Administrative Plan

Administrative Plan 2016

PHA 5-Year Plan

Annual/5 Year Plan beginning October 2015

 

 

 

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