The Housing Authority administers a Housing Voucher Program through which it provides rental subsidy to eligible very low and very poor families in the town¹s private rental market. A Housing Voucher is issued to an eligible family chosen from the Waiting List who seeks suitable housing owned by a landlord who is willing to participate in the Section 8 Program. The Housing Authority performs an inspection of the unit to determine that it complies with Housing Quality Standards for the Section 8 Program and that the rent is within the affordability range of the family.
The family pays a minimum of 30% of adjusted monthly income and, at initial lease up, a maximum of 40% of adjusted monthly income toward the
rent and utilities for the unit. The Housing Authority pays a subsidy based on the difference between the Voucher Payment Standard for the
appropriate bedroom size and the minimum amount payable by the family.
Utility Allowance Schedules are developed by an analysis of local market conditions. The schedule is revised periodically to ensure current
estimates are as fair and accurate as possible for the participating families.
The Family and Landlord must have a written, executed lease. The Housing Authority enters into a Housing Voucher Contract with the landlord to
subsidize the rent and for the landlord to agree to maintain the unit in a decent, safe, and sanitary manner under the conditions agreed to at
the inception of the lease or as amended by all parties during the term of the tenancy.
The Housing Authority provides families with the opportunity to enroll in a Family Self Sufficiency Program with the primary goal of family
independence at the end of the program period. The monitoring services for this program are provided to the families by an agency that is
under contract with the Housing Authority to do so.
The Housing Authority has a Senior Housing Specialist and two Housing Specialists on staff to work with program participants and property
owners and are readily available to provide assistance for further information whenever needed.
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