Frequently Asked Questions

Housing Choice Voucher

Housing Choice Voucher, commonly known as Section 8, is a federally funded program that provides financial rental assistance for eligible participants who rent units in the private market.

 

It is designed to assist very-low income families, the elderly, and the disabled to rent decent, safe, and sanitary housing. A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the participating family.

Once an application is submitted, the family will be placed on the waiting list on a preference point and chronological basis. Unfortunately the need for a voucher far exceeds their availability.

When VHA has the available funds to assist you, you will be pulled from the waiting list and given an eligibility appointment.

Being given an eligibility appointment does not guarantee issuance of voucher. Waiting list position will not be given at any time. This is subject to change.

Each year, HUD published income limits for each PHA’s jurisdiction.  In order to be income eligible, an applicant family must be one of the following:

  • A very low-income family
  • A low-income family that has been “continuously assisted” under the 1937 Housing Act. A family is considered to be continuously assisted if the family is already receiving assistance under any 1937 Housing Act program at the time the family is admitted to the HCV program [24 CFR 982.4].
  • To view the HUD published income limits for Vermilion County visit https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html

Once you have been pulled from the waiting list, you will be notified by mail of an appointment date and time to determine eligibility.

 

You will be instructed to bring income and family composition information. If you are eligible you will be required to attend a briefing, where the program is explained in its entirety.

 

You will be issued a voucher after the briefing presentation.

If you have a change in address or income while on the waiting list, you must submit the changes, IN WRITING. You can submit this information in person, through the mail, over email or fax, but it must be in writing.