Housing Choice Voucher Program

History
The 1974 Housing and Community Development Act created the Section 8 Program to assist low-income families with rent and an opportunity for these families to obtain decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Today, the program is called the “Housing Choice Voucher Program.”

VHDA’s Role
VHDA is responsible for program administration and must comply with HUD regulations and requirements. The mission of VHDA is to help fellow Virginians obtain safe, sound, and decent housing otherwise unaffordable to them.

Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) is a state public housing agency that receives its funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Administrative agents, employees of Social Services, run the day-to-day operations following VHDA’s policy and procedures. VHDA subcontracts with the Campbell County Department of Social Services to administer the program in Campbell County.

For more information, please visit VHDA.com and HUD.gov.

Housing Choice Voucher Program - Section 8 Rental Assistance
The HCV Program is the federal government’s program for assisting low income families, the elderly, and the disabled with rental expenses.
An owner/ property manager enters into a lease agreement with the tenant and into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract with VHDA. VHDA will make subsidized housing assistance payments to the owner on behalf of the tenant.

Waiting List for Housing Choice Voucher Program
The application process closed February 28, 2009.
The following partial criteria must be met in order to be served in Campbell County:
  • Meet income guideline
  • Pass Criminal/Drug/Sex Offender background checks
  • Live and/or work in Campbell County
Please be advised there are other conditions that must be met in order to qualify for participation in the program.

Inquiries
Inquiries about the program should be directed to:
  • Vickie Ennis at 434-332-9804
  • Ardeania Ward at 434-332-9762
  • Tonya Lindsey at 434-332-9765
  • Charmagne Cook at 434-332-9766
Use of Contract Unit
During the lease term, the family will reside in the contract unit that is assisted under the program. The family must promptly inform the Administrative Agent of the birth, adoption, or court-awarded custody of a child. Other persons may not be added to the household without prior written approval of the owner and passing the required background checks.
The tenant is required to remain in the contract unit for at least one year; thereafter, the lease will continue on a month to month basis.

How is assistance provided
  • HUD publishes Fair Market Rent Rents (FMRs) annually to establish gross rent limits by bedroom size.
  • Rent must be considered reasonable when compared to other similar unassisted units.
  • The program pays the difference between the voucher payment standard and 30 % of the participant’s monthly-adjusted income.
  • The participant pays the difference between the contract rent and the amount subsidized.
Benefits to the Landlord
  • Rental property is leased that otherwise might be vacant.
  • Initial and annual inspections ensure the property is maintained in accordance to HUD’s housing quality standards.
  • Assurance of partial/full rent each month.
Landlord Program Obligations
  • Screen families for tenancy.
  • Landlord must enforce and comply with the lease and comply with the terms of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract.
  • Maintain dwelling unit in accordance to HUD’s housing quality standards.
Prohibition of Discrimination
In accordance with applicable equal opportunity statutes and regulations, the owner must not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, familial status or disability in connection with the lease.

Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Housing Quality Standards (HQS) are HUD’s inspection requirements. The unit must meet HQS prior to initial lease- up and thereafter, annually. Housing Subsidy is stopped if the landlord fails to make required corrections within the specified time frame.

Possible Scenarios
When a unit fails inspection:
  • The problem must be fixed in a timely manner and the unit reinspected.
  • Life-threatening problems (i.e. inoperable smoke detector) must be repaired within 24 hours.
  • Non–life threatening problems must be repaired and the unit reinspected within the specified time frame.
  • The tenant is responsible for keeping the housing unit in good condition and notifying the owner/ landlord when repairs are needed.
  • Tenant responsible for damages caused by the tenant (household member).
When repairs cannot be made within required period:
  • Extensions may be granted
  • No extensions granted for life-threatening problems
When repairs are not completed:
  • Agency stops (abates) housing assistance payments
  • Agency terminates the HAP contract
  • Agency terminates the participant from the program for tenant-caused damages.
Common reasons units fail HQS Inspections
  • Smoke detector missing or not working
  • Lack of ventilation in the bathroom (e.g. no window/ fan)
  • Outlet covers are missing or broken
  • Windows are broken or locks are missing
  • Bug/ vermin infestation
  • Handrail is not present where four or more consecutive steps are present
  • Paint on interior or exterior surfaces is chipping/ peeling
  • Water heater discharge line is missing or too short; pop valve is missing
  • Utilities are disconnected
  • Stove/ refrigerator is missing or inoperable and / or missing knobs, burners or heating elements
  • Tripping hazard is present as a result of a damaged floor covering
  • Bedroom is missing a window (all rooms designated for use as a bedroom must have a window. If a window is designed to open, it must open).
Campbell County Housing Choice Voucher Program is looking for landlords in the Campbell County area that are willing to assist the low-income families eligible for rental assistance.

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Contact
Please contact:
Tonya Lindsey
Phone: 434-332-9765
Email

Ardeania Ward
Phone: 434-332-9762
Email
Vickie Ennis
Phone: 434-332-9804
Email