Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program offers affordable, decent and safe housing in open market rentals selected by Voucher holders. Under the Moving to Work program, you receive a fixed subsidy, which the Housing Authority pays directly to the landlord, and you pay the rest of the rent for your unit. There is a five year time limit to this type of rental assistance in most cases, because the fixed subsidy helps families to stabilize their housing costs as they work to achieve self-sufficiency and save for other housing opportunities.
Elderly families, whose head or co-tenant is over 62 or disabled or handicapped that do not possess the capabilities to work, will have their rent based on their income rather than the fixed subsidy amounts, however time limits do not apply to these households.
The Housing Authority does not own Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher housing. You choose your own house or apartment anywhere in Tulare County, as long as it meets certain guidelines. Renting from relatives is not allowed unless required by a specific medical necessity.
You may apply for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program by telephone at a central location, and there is only one countywide waiting list. Funding for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is provided to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, and people who live or work in Tulare County will be assisted before non-county residents.
While on the waiting list, you may be contacted by mail to see if you are still interested. The Housing Authority will ask you to confirm your address, family size and income.
When your name reaches the top of the list and funding is available, the Housing Authority will invite you to the nearest office to verify the information you provided, including citizenship or eligible alien status. When everything has been verified, you will come to another meeting to learn how to choose a qualified rental unit. Persons who have been convicted of manufacturing or selling methamphetamines or are registered sex offenders are not eligible.
You may choose to stay in your current home or move to another place, as long as it's within program regulations. If the landlord will accept the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, the unit is inspected. As soon as it passes inspection, you may move in and rental assistance will begin. You will need to stay in the unit you have picked for at least one year.
As a resident of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, you must always report changes in family size right away. The Housing Authority will inspect your home and re-verify your income once a year. When your year is up, you may renew or move into another unit, as long as you are still eligible and you do not owe the Housing Authority any money.
Applications are taken at our central application number.
For details, please refer to the applications section at the top of the sidebar on this page.
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