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. These include:
MAXIMUM UNIT UPKEEP
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.
LANDLORD/OWNER - HOW IT ALL WORKS.