Applications now closed. 2019 Applications were open April 1, 2019 from 9:00 am until April 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm.
How are project-based vouchers different from tenant-based vouchers?
Under the Tenant-Based housing choice voucher program, PCHA issues an eligible family a voucher and the family selects a unit of its choice. If the family moves out of the unit, the contract with the owner ends and the family can move with continued assistance to another unit.
Under the project-based voucher program, PCHA enters into an assistance contract with the owner for specified units and for a specified term. PCHA refers families from its waiting list to the project owner to fill vacancies. Because the assistance is tied to the unit, a family who moves from the project-based unit does not have any right to continued housing assistance. However, after one year of assistance a family may be eligible for a tenant-based voucher when one becomes available.
How much does the tenant pay for their rental share?
The tenant pays an amount that is roughly equivalent to 30% of their monthly income. The Housing Authority pays the balance of the total rent to the property owner.
In some cases, the tenant may pay more than 30% of their income. If the family rents a unit for which rent and utilities exceed the payment standard, the family’s portion of the rent may be higher. However, this formula does not mean the family can pay the difference between the requested owner rent and the Authority’s approved amount. If the rent for the unit is more than the payment standard, the family will be required to pay more than 30 percent of their adjusted monthly income but not to exceed 40% of their monthly adjusted income.
Families are prohibited from paying more than 40% of their monthly adjusted income for rent when the gross rent exceeds the payment standard. After the initial lease term, the family can pay more than 40% of their adjusted monthly income for rent.
What are the 2018 Income Limits?
Tenant-Based and Project-Based programs have income limits. See below:
Applicants must meet the Income Limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) applicable to the jurisdiction and to the number of persons that will reside in the HCV assisted dwelling unit. Applicants with gross annual income from all members of their household equal to or less than 50% of Area Medium Income (see HUD Income Limits), may be eligible to participate in the HCV program. In addition to household income, the AHA reviews the criminal background, if any, for all household members age 17 and older. Persons that have committed a felony, or are listed as a Registered Sex Offender, or have used, sold, distributed or manufactured methamphetamines are not eligible to participate in the HCV program.