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Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

The Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.  A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice, in the community of their choice, where the owner agrees to rent under the program. Housing can include single-family homes, town homes and apartments.  Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by Housing Quality Standards and also have reasonable rent.  A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Division of Housing (DOH)  on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by DOH, a family may use its voucher to purchase a home.

 

This program provides tenant-based subsidies for rents paid by low and very low-income households. Tenant payments are based upon their income. Section 8 rental subsidies cover the difference between tenant payments and the unit’s market rent.

 

The Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal government's major program for helping very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

 

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

 

Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). DOH receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program the Division of Housing.

 

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

 

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.

The Divison of Housing contracts with public housing authorities and non-profit organizations to administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program throughout the state of Colorado.


 


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