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.
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.
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
Questions Regarding the 2016 Waiting
To check your status on the 2016
Waiting List, click
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
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.
were not selected for the Waiting List.
selected for the Waiting List and may now create an account
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
1. The applicant logs into
www.assistancecheck.com and clicks on the click to create an
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
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
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
If you need your assistance check
access code, please come into the office with your
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
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.
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:
Housing Authority with complete and accurate
information pertaining to the family income and
changes in income and family composition that occur
throughout the year.
suitable unit and pay security deposit and
application fee to the owner.
Attend scheduled appointments and
return documents on time.
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
Comply with all family obligations
under the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Payment Standards Effective November 1, 2016 - October
Administrative Plan 2016
PHA 5-Year Plan
Plan beginning October 2015