The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also known as Section 8, is a federally funded program that helps families pay their rent. Families pay approximately 30 to 40 percent of their monthly-adjusted gross income toward rent and the HCVP pays the remaining balance directly to the landlord. Families are able to select a unit of their choice in the private rental market.
Housing Choice Voucher Program
BHA has taken an active interest in educating Housing Choice Voucher families and property owners in areas relating to tenant and landlord relations. Periodic seminars are scheduled on such topics.
The HCV department's success in managing a rapidly growing program earned the housing authority high marks from HUD's annual Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) evaluation. Currently the BHA administers more than 1300 Housing Choice Vouchers and contributes over $7,000,000 toward rent assistance in Monroe County annually.
The BHA only accepts applications for a few days each year due to the length of the waiting list. Continue checking this web site and the Herald Times for announcements when applications will be taken. The wait list for applicants with current Section 8 applications is six months to one year, or longer. There are roughly 400 families and individuals on the wait list. Each month approximately 20-25 of those families receive new vouchers, which are open as a result of client turnover in the program.
For more information on the Wait List click here.
To view a list of participating landlords click here.