HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (HUD OR SECTION 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is designed to help low income individuals/families find rental assistance which is provided through tenant-based “vouchers” that pay the difference between the total rent charge (including utility costs) and 30%-40% of a household’s adjusted income. Participants find housing to fit their specific needs/desires in the open rental market (instead of a subsidized apartment complex or housing owned and managed by a public housing agency). It can be a family home, apartment, duplex or mobile home.
This program is funded through Area IV via a contract with the State of Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) to provide rental housing assistance to low-income individuals and families. The counties served by Area IV are Carroll, Clinton, White and Tippecanoe (5 miles outside of Lafayette/West Lafayette area).
To receive assistance, a family must be very low income as determined by HUD for each county – or around $30,500 for a family of four as an average for the four counties Area IV serves.
Landlord Questions and Obligations:
- The owner must maintain the unit in accordance with Housing Quality Standards.
- The owner must set reasonable rules about the use of the unit and common areas.
- The owner may not enter a unit without the tenant’s permission and proper notice except for emergencies or tenant requested repairs.
- The owner must collect appropriate security deposits. It cannot be in excess of amounts charged to unassisted tenants.
- The owner must comply with Equal Opportunity requirements.
- The owner must enforce tenant obligations under the lease and Housing Assistance Payment contract.
- The owner must take action through the court to evict the tenant if the tenant violates the lease.
For more information see www.ihcda.in.gov and see the FAQ. For information or to apply for Area IV’s program, contact Allen Grady at 765-447-7683, 800-382-7556 or fill out our contact form.