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The housing choice voucher program places the choice of housing in the hands of the individual family.A very low-income family is selected by the PHA to participate is encouraged to consider several housing choices to secure the best housing for the family needs.
Once your name is reached on the waiting list, the PHA will contact you and issue to you a housing voucher.PHAs may establish local preferences for selecting applicants from its waiting list.For example, PHAs may give a preference to a family who is (1) homeless or living in substandard housing, (2) paying more than 50% of its income for rent, or (3) involuntarily displaced.By law, a PHA must provide 75 percent of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income.Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location.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. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.
Since the demand for housing assistance often exceeds the limited resources available to HUD and the local housing agencies, long waiting periods are common.
In fact, a PHA may close its waiting list when it has more families on the list than can be assisted in the near future.
However the payment standard does not limit and does not affect the amount of rent a landlord may charge or the family may pay.
A family which receives a housing voucher can select a unit with a rent that is below or above the payment standard.
A housing voucher holder is advised of the unit size for which it is eligible based on family size and composition.