HCV Program/Section 8
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM
Welcome to the Housing Choice Voucher Program. This housing assistance program is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is regarded as one of the best opportunities for lower income families to obtain decent, safe, and affordable housing.
Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by the Alice Housing Authority‘s Section 8 Department. The AHA receives federal funds form 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 for 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 Housing Quality Standards as determined by the Section 8 Inspector/s of the AHA. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the AHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charge by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
The Alice Housing Authority (AHA) is responsible for determining the eligibility of all persons who apply to the program and must follow all HUD rules and regulations.
A great feature of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is that families may choose from the broad variety of housing types and locations. This is important because where you live can also affect your access to job opportunities, transportation, medical care, training programs and schools, shopping, and community services.
Our staff is dedicated to providing you with the information you need to make the best housing decision for you and your family. If you have questions, please contact us at (361) 664-3453.
Eligibility for Admission
The policy of AHA is to strive for objectivity and consistency in applying these criteria to evaluate the eligibility of families who apply for housing assistance. AHA staff will review all information provided by the family carefully and without regard to factors other than those defined in this Chapter. Families will be provided the opportunity to explain their circumstances, to furnish additional information, if needed, and to receive an explanation of the basis for any decision made by the AHA pertaining to their eligibility.
AHA will accept applications only from families whose head or spouse is at least 18 years of age or an emancipated minor. To be eligible for participation in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, an applicant must meet the following criteria established by HUD:
- An applicant must be a “family”.
- An applicant annual gross income must be within the applicable Income Limits. At the time that the determination of eligibility is rendered by the Housing Authority.
- An applicant must furnish Social Security Numbers for all family members.
- An applicant must furnish declaration of Citizenship or Eligible Immigrant Status and at least one member of the applicant family must be either s U.S. citizen or have eligible immigration status.
Your application will be placed on a wait list.
Your application will be active for only six (6) months from the date of the application unless updated.