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What Tenants Need to Know
How to Apply for Housing Choice Voucher Assistance
You can apply for Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance by contacting your local housing agency.
Housing Agency Waiting Lists
Housing agencies have waiting lists for families because the demand for rental assistance exceeds its supply. The wait for assistance may be from a few months to a few years. Applicants need to contact the local housing agencies in writing to keep their applications up-to-date. Contact you local housing agency for further information on program waiting lists.
The housing agency determines how many bedrooms each family needs. See the page on Occupancy Standards for further details.
Adding People to Your Household
You must contact your local housing agency to determine if a person is eligible to be added to the household and how that addition affects your assistance (the rent you pay and the number of bedrooms assigned). Criminal background checks may be required for adults moving into the unit.
Your portion of the rent is calculated by adding all income (see Income Limits) you receive and subtracting a portion for expenses such as medical and childcare and dependent children. What remains is your adjusted income, which is divided by 12 then multiplied by 30% to get approximately what you will pay each month for rent.
Where can I Live?
You can use your Housing Choice Voucher to find a home anywhere in the United States. However, some local housing agencies require that you live in their jurisdiction during the first year of your assistance if you were not a resident at initial application. You must work with your local housing agency to transfer to another area.
Repairs to the Unit
The lease should state who is responsible for making repairs while you are in the unit. Beyond the normal and tear, tenants may be held responsible for fixing problems that are tenant-caused. Landlords may be responsible for all other repairs.
Termination of Assistance
The housing agency can deny assistance for an applicant, or terminate their assistance, for any of the following reasons:
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