HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (HUD OR SECTION 8)
From: Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR WAITING LIST
Effective August 10, 2020, Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs (AREA IV) on behalf of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will open the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Waiting List for Carroll County, Clinton County, Tippecanoe County (excluding within the City Limits of Lafayette and West Lafayette), and White County.
The Section 8 HCV program is available to income eligible individuals and families and exists to assist with rent payments to provide decent, affordable, sanitary, and safe housing for persons with low incomes. The Section 8 HCV program is not emergency housing assistance and your waiting time for assistance may exceed 24 months.
AREA IV will accept applications online only. Please click on the preferred county to access the application.
• Carroll County
• Clinton County
• Tippecanoe County
• White County
The application portal will be available from August 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM EDT until further notice. Please note that you will be required to create a WaitListCheck account and have a valid e-mail address in order to submit an application. A link to free e-mail providers will be included on the website for your convenience.
If you have a disability where a reasonable accommodation to allow you equal access to the application process may be needed, please contact AREA IV at (800) 382-7556 Ext 402 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request an accommodation. For assistance in another language, please call IHCDA at 317-232-7788 to schedule a phone call with an interpreter.
Applicants are placed on the list in order of preference points, then by date and time of application. IHCDA has the following preference points:
• Residency - Applicant is a legal resident of, has been hired to work in, or currently works within the COUNTY they have applied to
• Person residing in an institutional setting or at risk of being placed in an institutional setting - An institutional or other segregated setting includes, but is not limited to: Congregate settings populated exclusively or primarily with individuals with disabilities; or congregate settings characterized by regimentation in daily activities, lack of privacy or autonomy, policies limiting visitors, or limits on individuals’ ability to engage freely in community activities and to manage their own activities of daily living; or settings that provide for daytime activities primarily with other individuals with disabilities; or a person at risk of being placed in a setting defined above
• Working Families - Persons either attending a school/training program or working at least 20 hours per week; elderly status (age 62 and older), non-elderly disabled status (61 and under with disability), having a disabled family member (any age)
• Elderly – Applicant (Head, Spouse, Co-Head, Sole Member) is age 62 or older
• Non-Elderly Family Member with Disability – Non-elderly (61 years or younger) family, Head, Spouse, Co-Head, or sole member meets HUD’s definition of disabled
• Family Member with a Disability – An individual who meets the HUD definition of a person with a disability
• Youth Exiting Foster Care - Youth that Indiana Department of Child Services has certified to be at least 18 years and not more than 24 years of age who have left foster care, or will leave foster care within 90 days and is homeless or is At Risk of Becoming Homeless
• Child Welfare Involved Families - A family that Indiana Department of Child Services has certified as a family for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the placement of the family’s child, or children, in out-of-home care, or in the delay of discharge of a child, or children, to the family from out-of-home care.
Placement on the waiting list is not a guarantee that applicants will qualify for assistance. Any preferences claimed at the time of application will be verified at the time of selection from the waiting list.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY HOUSING AGENCY
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.