Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, also referred to as Section 8, is a Federal program for assisting low and very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing.

Since the funding is tied to the family rather than the unit, it allows the participant to utilize their voucher out in the community in housing that meets the program housing quality standards (HQS). They are able to choose from single-family homes, duplexes, or apartments that meet the family size requirements set by the EPHA subsidy standards.

A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord/owner by the EPHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. This amount cannot exceed 40 percent of their annual adjusted income at move-in.

HCV Program Manager
Julie Giusti
401-865-6421
jgiusti@ephousing.org

FY 2021 Income Limits

Income Limit CategoryPersons in Family
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Low (80%) Income Limits48,50055,40062,30069,20074,75080,30085,85091,350
Very Low (50%) Income Limits30,30034,60038,95043,25046,75050,20053,65057,100
Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits18,20020,80023,40026,50031,04035,58040,12044,660

Applicants

PUBLIC HOUSING ASSOCIATION OF RHODE ISLAND
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RHODE ISLAND HOUSING
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM
Opening of the Centralized Wait List Portal

When: Application portal opens Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 12:01 AM and will remain open indefinitely.

Where: Applications will only be accepted via the online portal, accessible at www.waitlist-centralri.com. Participating Housing Authorities, including Rhode Island Housing, will not accept or process any application that is faxed, e-mailed or hand delivered.

How: Selection from the Waiting List will be based on date and time of application, and any preferences for which you may qualify. A description of these preferences, as well as a list of participating housing authorities, is available on the online portal at the time of application.

Please Note: Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation should contact Rhode Island Housing at 844-459-3600. Sensory-impaired applicants should call our TTY number at 401-450-1394.

For more information on the wait list opening and a list of places to visit to get help completing an application, visit www.rihousing.org.

Eligibility

Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by the EPHA, based on the total annual gross income and family size. Participation in this program is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status as defined by HUD. In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the area in which the family chooses to live. HUD regulations require that the EPHA must provide 75 percent of its vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income. Median income levels are published by HUD on an annual basis and vary by location.

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Participants

You were issued a voucher, and leased up in your unit; therefore you are now a PARTICIPANT. As a Participant in the program, you must adhere to the Family Obligations. These Family Obligations are outlined in your voucher. By signing your voucher you agreed to abide by them. Violating your family obligations can lead to termination. Please keep this document handy, and refer to it as needed.

Timely reporting of any increase of income or new income , and any changes to your household composition, are two areas that you want to especially be in touch with your HCV Specialist for. Participants have been terminated from the program for not reporting an increase in their income to the EPHA in a timely manner, or for allowing additional people, that have not been approved by the EPHA, to reside in their unit.

Your HCV Program Specialist will answer any questions you have. Do not hesitate to contact her. Please contact:

HCV Program Specialist
Lisa Mercier
401-865-6423
lmercier@ephousing.org

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Landlords

Thank you for your interest in the Housing Choice Voucher Program also referred to as “Section 8”. This program provides rental assistance to low income individuals and families. A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord/owner by the EPHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. This amount cannot exceed 40 percent of their annual adjusted income at move-in.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development invites you to participate in a series of webinars on the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program.

Below is a list of some commonly asked questions, posed by some of our landlords, about the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also referred to as Section 8. As you read through them we hope you will find them helpful. Please refer to our STAFF DIRECTORY to contact a member of the HCV Department for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions


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