Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government’s program for assisting very low-income families to include elderly and disabled individuals with renting decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing in the community. The Housing Authority administers the Voucher Program locally. Participants of the Section 8 Leased Housing Program are allowed to find and lease privately owned single-family homes, apartments and manufactured homes. The participants possessing a Housing Choice Voucher are allowed to choose any housing that meets the Program requirements if the owner agrees to participate.
The funding for the Section 8 Program is provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority issues a Voucher to an eligible applicant and the family then locates suitable housing. All units must meet housing quality standards set by HUD regulations and the Housing Authority’s policies. The Voucher holder’s portion of rent is determined by their income. Once all Program requirements and regulations are met, the Housing Authority pays a subsidy directly to the owner/landlord/agent on behalf of the low-income family. This subsidy is the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount paid by the participants.
The Section 8 Leased Housing Program is not currently accepting applications. There are in excess of five hundred families on the current waiting list. Public notices will be given when applications will be accepted in the future. Eligibility for Section Eight assistance is determined by HUD guidelines and is based on a family’s total gross annual income and family composition. Housing is only for US citizens and certain groups of non-citizens who show proof of immigration status.
Federal law requires us to verify all information provided by the applicant/participant. We are required to obtain copies of Social Security cards, birth certificates, any and all income verifications and all other pertinent information. All information is held in the strictest of confidence,
Families currently receiving assistance through the Program are permitted under certain circumstances to relocate anywhere in the United States that administers a Housing Choice Voucher Program. Those families exercising this “portability” must follow federal guidelines for relocating. Families currently receiving assistance must contact the housing authority providing the assistance prior to relocating.