Decatur Housing Authority is not taking applications for the Section 8 Waiting list
at this time.
SECTION 8 PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program (HCVP) is administered by Decatur Housing
Authority with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD). The HCVP is a federally-funded program offering much needed rental assistance
to low-income families through the issuance of housing vouchers. These vouchers
give our families the freedom to select decent, safe and sanitary housing based on
their individual needs. Participating landlords provide our families with a greater
choice and better housing opportunities for rental units located throughout the City
of Decatur and Dekalb County. There are many advantages for the landlord as well.
The Housing Authority issues housing vouchers on a continuous basis. The choice
is the tenant's and the landlord's. Tenant selection is based on the landlord's
own selection criteria. It is a landlord's decision as to who he/she accepts as
a tenant and it is the landlord's responsibility to manage the property!
The lease and contract may begin the day after the unit passes inspection and the
family takes possession of the unit.
MAXIMUM UNIT UPKEEP
Annual inspections by the Housing Authority ensure the unit is being well-maintained
by the owner/manager and family.
The Housing Authority monitors the family's income to ensure the family never becomes
overburdened by their portion of the rent. The Housing Authority subsidizes the
balance directly to the landlord.
The Housing Authority offers direct deposit to our landlords. Direct Deposit
Voucher holders are responsible for finding suitable housing based upon the size
of the family and the requirements of the program. Voucher holders may remain in
their current dwelling if the unit is acceptable under the program. The Housing
Choice Voucher must be used within the Housing Authority's jurisdiction in the first
year. After the first year, the voucher may be transferred to any agency within
the continental United States that administers the Section 8 program.
Eligibility is based on the income of the household and the number of people living
in that household. The tenant's portion is generally 30% of their adjusted monthly
income, but may go as high as 40% depending on the amount authorized as a rent for
the unit. The Housing Authority will be responsible for the difference between the
contract rent and the tenant's portion. The Housing Authority will determine the
extent of assistance the tenant(s) will receive and notify the owner(s) as to the
Housing Authority's portion of the contract rent. The participant will pay a portion
of the authorized rent directly to the landlord and the Housing Authority subsides
the balance directly to the landlord.
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