Section 8 Housing Choice VouchersThe Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. 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.
Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority. NEOHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Voucher Program. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by NEOHA.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by NEOHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by NEOHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home. (See Section 8 Housing Voucher Homeownership below). NEOHA currently has 710 Housing Choice Vouchers.
Click here for Section 8 Program Information for details on income limits, payment standard information (what we allow for rent and utilities), and more.
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that encourages communities to develop local strategies to help voucher families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. It is mandatory that NEOHA operate this program. However, it is a voluntary program open only to Voucher holders and Public Housing Residents. When a family comes onto the FSS Program, the FSS Coordinator determines their current earned income and records the figure as a starting point. As the family’s income increases, any rent collected for an increase in earned income is placed in an escrow account for the families. When the families complete their goals, the money in the account is released to the family. The families have five years to complete the goals they set for their participation. We are so proud of our recent graduates!
For more information on the FSS Program, click here.