2012 FUNDING RESTRICTIONS, NO NEW SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS AND PROJECT-BASED VOUCHERS WILL BE
ISSUED IN 2012.
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waitlists are currently closed, and we are not accepting applications at this time.
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally funded governed by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed to provide rental assistance to low-income families seeking affordable housing in the private rental market. The program assists families with their rental obligations, increase housing choices and present opportunities for upward mobility through participation is self-sufficiency curriculums and activities.
Section 8 requires a three-way relationship between the Authority, the property owner and the participant. The participant and the Authority sign a Voucher Contract, the participant and the owner sign a lease agreement, and the owner and the Authority sign a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract. These documents detail the responsibilities of each party.
Upon receipt of a voucher, the Section 8 family participant selects a unit and submits an application to the owner. The owner then pre-screens family and completes a Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) form. The Authority reviews and subsequently approves the RFTA and performs a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection on the unit. If the unit passes inspection, contracts are executed and the family moves into the unit. Both the Section 8 participant and the Authority pay portions of the rent directly to the owner.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV), commonly known as the Section 8 Program, is the largest program that LHA administers. The LHA made $3.9 million dollars in Housing Assistance Payments on behalf of 517 voucher holders to 280 local landlords in 2007. The HCV Program helps low-income families in Longmont to choose decent housing in the private rental market, in dispersed neighborhoods that offer social, educational and economic opportunities.