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Housing Choice Vouchers
What is Section 8? Section 8 is a federally funded Housing Assistance Program which offers rental assistance (subsidy) for Elderly, Disabled and Single Families who qualify under the very low-income guidelines. The Housing Authority administers this program under the regulations and guidelines of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Housing Choice Voucher Program is successful because it provides the participant with the opportunity to choose the type of rental unit and neighborhood that will meet their interests and needs. Families may also take their housing assistance with them when they move which enables participants to pursue employment and educational opportunities, to be reunited with their friends and family, and to live in a better climate.
Families are eligible for a voucher when their income does not exceed the low-income limit (50% of area median income based on family size) as established by HUD.
A recipient of the Housing Choice Voucher has up to two months to find a rental unit within the LHA operational boundaries for the size unit for which he/she is eligible. The owner/manager of the rental unit then contacts LHA and is briefed about the program to determine if he or she wishes to participate.
LHA's representative will then physically inspect the unit in question to ensure that it meets the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Housing Quality Standards (HQS). After the unit is accepted by LHA, the rent is negotiated with the owner, and the rent must be within the Payment Standard published by the federal government for this area. The leases are executed for a minimum of six months, and the lease is between the owner/manager and the tenant. The tenant will then pay directly to the owner/manager their portion of the rent, which must not exceed 40% of their adjusted gross monthly income. A check is issued by LHA on the first business day of each month for the balance of the contract owed per the Housing Assistance Payment Contract (HAP) is initiated between the LHA and the owner/manager.
How do I apply? Interested participants must complete a Section 8 application to be placed on the waiting list. At this time, most waiting lists are closed. Please contact the Housing Office in the county that you would like to live, or click on this link to view the current pre-application.
Where are the Section 8 Housing Offices Located? The main office for the City of Longview, unincorporated Cowlitz County, Pacific County, Wahkiakum County and Lewis County is at:
820 11th Ave., Longview WA 98632
(866) 570-8840 (toll free)
(360) 425-9930 (fax)