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The income limit for an affordable housing program is the maximum amount of income a household can earn to qualify to receive assistance.
The specific figure is based on the city or county's Area Median Income (AMI), and is adjusted depending on how many persons live in the household (including children). Income qualification is generally separated into three main tiers: Low Income (80% AMI), Very Low Income (50% AMI), and Extremely Low Income (30% AMI). However, the number of tiers used and percentage of AMI used for qualification varies by each housing program. The required income limits for a waiting list may be found online on a public notice for a waiting list opening, or the housing authority or apartment community's website. If income limit information cannot be found, contact the appropriate housing authority or apartment community. Scroll up to the search bar on the top of this page to find contact information.
A household's income is calculated by its gross income, which is the total income received before making subtractions for taxes and other deductions. When applying for any HUD affordable housing program, there are certain means of income that do not have to be reported. Required income inclusions and exclusions for HUD programs can be found here.
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You can find out the area the housing authority serves on its Annual Plan, on Affordable Housing Online, and sometimes on the housing authority's website. You can also call the housing authority and ask a representative to confirm their jurisdiction.
Each housing authority serves a specific, city (or cities), county (or counties), or the entire state. The area served is its jurisdiction. Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher holders participating in that housing authority's program may only use their voucher within its jurisdiction.
This information can be found on the top of all housing authority pages on Affordable Housing Online. Under the "About Housing Authority" section, you will see the line "The Housing Authority serves..." Those areas are the housing authority's jurisdiction. You can confirm this information with the housing authority.
Many housing authority websites display this information, weather it's on the home page, "About Us" page, or Section 8 program. If the jurisdiction cannot be found, search for the Annual Plan document. This document will state the jurisdiction, and may be found on any of the web pages mentioned above. If this information cannot be found online, contact the housing authority.
Link to this FAQ: https://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-help/How-Can-I-Find-Out-The-Area-The-HA-Serves
HUD’s Tenant Protection Voucher (TPV) program is for Public Housing Agency (PHA) residents who are in danger of being displaced from a low-income apartment complex that had HUD assisted rents or was owned by the PHA. The program has been around in one form or another since 1996.
The displacement could be caused by a variety of reasons, such as:
There are two types of Tenant Protection Vouchers:
Enhanced Vouchers which are given to families to enable them to stay in their apartments even if the rents are raised above Fair Market Rents, and Housing Choice Vouchers for families that must move or choose to move.
With Enhanced Vouchers:
The family has the right to stay in the apartment with enhanced voucher assistance, even if the rent is higher.
The family can stay as long as the apartment is used as a rental unit.
The lease cannot be terminated unless the family commits serious violations of the lease or for another good cause.
The local PHA may determine the current apartment is too big or too small for the family and require the family to move to a smaller or larger apartment within the apartment complex, as soon as one comes available.
Housing Choice Vouchers
If the family chooses to move, the local PHA will issue the family a Housing Choice Voucher, which goes by the same rules as a normally issued Housing Choice Voucher.
This type of Housing Choice Voucher can be used anywhere in the United States or the territories, if the family meets the local PHA’s qualifications.
The family may also request a voucher to move, prior to the end of any lease term.
With specially issued Housing Choice Vouchers:
The family must move because their apartment is being demolished.
The family’s apartment is mandatorily being converted to the Housing Choice Voucher program.
Link to this FAQ: https://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-help/what-are-Tenant-Projection-Vouchers
Housing authority offices operating on behalf of HUD are closed during federal holidays, but privately managed housing offices may or may not be open. You can contact a privately managed housing office to find out its operations during a federal holiday.
In 2020, each federal holiday will be observed on the following dates:
These offices also may or may not be open for Election Day, but since it is not a federal holiday, the decision is up to each housing office. This is in regards to both HUD and privately managed offices. In 2020, Election Day is on Tuesday, November 3.
The dates of federal holidays were verified by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Link to this FAQ: https://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-help/are-housing-offices-open-during-a-federal-holiday
Yes, in fact, having at least one resident on the housing authority's board is required by law, with a few exceptions.
Link to this FAQ: https://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-help/Is-a-resident-of-the-housing-authority-allowed-to-serve-on-its-board-of-directors
When an inspector comes to assess your unit, they are making sure the house is in good physical condition. Inspectors look at the structure of the unit, whether there is mold or other contaminants, and if there are insects or other animals invading the unit. What an inspector checks has to be related to these factors. They will not open your purse, cupboards, or other personal items, unless it has something to do with the above factors.Contact the housing authority that manages your unit for further clarification on what may or may not be inspected. You can search our website for housing authority contact information.
Link to this FAQ: https://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-help/When-Inspecting-The-House-What-Do-The-Inspectors-Have-A-Right-To-Check
This page on HUD's website is a good place to start to learn about being a landlord. The housing quality standards for the Section 8 program are uniform across the country however, since they are interpreted and enforced by thousands of different housing authorities and inspectors, there are large discrepancies in standards from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. To view HUD's standard quality standards, go here. You should be prepared for different interpretation by different housing authorities and even different inspectors within the same housing authority.
Link to this FAQ: https://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-help/What-Are-The-Requirements-To-Be-A-Section-8-Landlord
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