A key to expanding access to affordable apartments inOregon is our rental assistance partnership with HUD (the federal government’s housing department) and Northeast Oregon landlords.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program, also called Section 8, enables very low-income households to rent units from private landlords with subsidies administered by Northeast Oregon Housing Authority.
Through the Section 8 program, NEOHA awards Housing Assistance Payments (vouchers) to those in need. Voucher holders may apply these subsidies to rent at privately-owned properties. Tenants pay any difference between the value of their vouchers and the market price.
Benefits for landlords accepting Housing Choice Vouchers
- On time, reliable and guaranteed rental payments. NEOHA pays a set portion of your tenant’s rent directly to you on the first of each month. The renter pays the difference.
- Potential for higher occupancy & lower turnover. Participating landlords broaden their pool of prospective tenants. Since voucher holders sign a one-year lease, many become long-term, dependable residents.
- Standard charges and fees. The same security deposits and late fees in effect for private market renters are applicable to voucher renters.
- Greater visibility for your properties. We make it easy for those looking for apartments to rent to find yours. Landlords simply list approved Section 8 units and manage vacancies at gosection8.com (coming soon!) NEOHA encourages apartment-hunters to review them.
Landlord Eligibility Requirements
- Initial & annual inspections. To be part of the Section 8 program, each unit is inspected to ensure that it meets the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) set forth by the federal government. This is required as part of our commitment to provide safe, sanitary affordable housing to participants. You can view our common inspection fails here.
- Enroll in direct deposit. NEOHA can send rental assistance payments directly to the landlords’ bank accounts each month. You simply register your choice of bank account with us. Download the Direct Deposit form here.
- Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract. Landlords must comply with the terms of the HAP Contract, executed between the landlord and Northeast Oregon Housing Authority.
House Bill 2639 will go into effect on July 1, 2014 and will offer Source of Income Protection for our tenants and a Landlord Guarantee Program for landlords. For more information view a brief PowerPoint presentation regarding HB2639. If you would like further information Lane County Legal aid has come out with a list of Landlord Frequently Asked Questions about HB 2639. These are still in “draft” status, so are not finalized by the Lane County Legal Aid. We will update these frequently asked questions as soon as we are provided a finalized version.