Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
The purpose of the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program (HCVP) is to provide rental assistance to eligible families. This program is funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and falls under that Department’s rules and regulations. The Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers can be used within a six mile radius from the Winooski city line.
In order to meet eligibility criteria the applicants must be at or below 50% of the area median income. See current income limits.
Applicants must also meet citizenship or eligible immigrant requirements; applicants must not have a recent record of violent or drug related criminal activity. Applicants must not owe rent or other amounts to any Public Housing Authority or owner in connection with any assisted housing program.
There is a waiting list for this program. Once it has been determined that a family is eligible for assistance they are placed on the waiting list. When funding becomes available, the WHA will re-verify family eligibility and issue the family a voucher. Once the family finds an eligible unit the WHA enters into a contract with the owner and the family enters into a lease agreement with the owner. The WHA and the family each pay their respective portions to the owner.
This HCVP does provide mobility choices (referred to as portability) to eligible families. In their search for housing the family may choose to live in the Winooski Housing Authority’s jurisdiction, or eligible families may choose to move to another jurisdiction using the portability option.