Monday, May 29, 2017
Programs

Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) formerly the Section 8 program

The 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 housing authorities (HAs). The HAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

Project Based Voucher Program (PBV) formerly the Public Housing program

The Project Based Voucher program is a federal government program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Housing assistance is provided to families for occupancy in units owned and managed by the housing authority.

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 housing authorities (HAs). The HAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers (VASH)

The 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act (the Act) (Public Law 110-161) enacted December 26, 2007, provided $75 million dollars of funding for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program as authorized under section 8(o)(19) of the United Stated Housing Act of 1937. The HUD–VASH program combines HUD HCV rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Veterans Affairs at its medical centers and in the community.

The 2008 Appropriation required HUD to “make such funding available…to public housing agencies (PHAs) that partner with eligible VA Medical Centers (VAMC) or other entities as designated by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, based on geographical need for such assistance as identified by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, public housing agency administrative performance, and other factors as specified by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

Based on this language, the VA identified 132 VAMCs that will participate with the program. In doing so, the VA took into account the population of homeless veterans needing services in the area, the number of homeless veterans served by the homeless programs at each VAMC during FY 2006 and FY 2007, geographic distribution and VA case management resources. There will be at least one site in each of the 50 states and in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Generally, the HUD-VASH HCV program will be administered in accordance with regular HCV program requirements (24 CFR Section 982). However, the Act allows HUD to waive or specify alternative requirements for any provision of any statute or regulation that HUD administers in connection with this program in order to effectively deliver and administer HUD-VASH voucher assistance. The HUD-VASH Operating Requirements (including the waivers and alternative requirements from HCV program rules) were published in the Federal Register on May 6, 2008. HUD awarded funding for approximately 10,000 HUD-VASH vouchers in May 2008.

To review this program in detail you may visit the Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD-VASH Voucher webpage.

For information concerning The Veterans Administration you may visit the VA webpage.

Source: U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Veterans Affairs

Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program                                  

Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator  - Kenyatta Thompson  

 

The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program’s objective is to enable participating families to achieve economic independence and self sufficiency by combining both private and public resources to provide supportive services needed by the family.  This program brings participants into the economic mainstream through a comprehensive program, counseling, job training, education, and job placement services.  Another goal is to assist the under-employed in obtaining better jobs and becoming free of housing subsidies through education in money management and homeownership.

This program is available to participants on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. You must live in Section 8 housing to be eligible to participate on the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program. For additional information please contact the FSS Coordinator at (228) 374-7771 Ext#212.