The unit selected must be determined by CHRHA to meet the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) prescribed for the program and the rental rate must fall within the applicable Fair Market Rate (FMR) limitations. If the unit and rental rate are acceptable, the CHRHA enters into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with the owner of the unit to make up the difference between what the family can afford to pay the total Contract Rent. The Clarksburg-Harrison Regional Housing Authority utilizes the Existing Housing Program to enable renter housholds to live in decent, safe, and sanitary housing. The program enables low and moderate income housholds to raise their living standards by lowering their rent payment, thus allowing more money for food and clothing. The Authority approaches this program as a means to provide better hosuing choices for very low and lower income families at rents they can afford. The Section 8 Rental Assistance Program can be a key element in the maintenance and improvement of the existing housing stock, neighborhood preservation and avoidance of displacement in areas undergoing revitalization activities and involvement of owners who have not previously participated in federally subsidized programs. The Section 8 Rental Assistance Program is an Equal Opportunity Program. Families are eligible to receive assistance based on income, regardless of race, religion, age, sex, creed, or national origin.
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, elderly persons and persons with disabilities to rent decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets program requirements and in which the landlord is willing to participate in the program.
A family is issued a rental voucher is responsible for finding and selecting a sutiable unit. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety. After a unit is approved, a rental subsidy is paid directly by CHRHA to the landlord on behalf of the family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized.
Section 8 is limited to low-income families and individuals. Eligibility is determined by CHRHA based on total annual gross income and family size. Additionally, the family will ahve to provide verification of household and income information which will be used to determine eligibility and the amount of rental assistance payment.
If you are interested in applying for Section 8, you may apply by visiting the CHRHA office at 433 Baltimore Ave Clarksburg, WV 26301 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You may also click the Programs Tab at the top of the page and download the Section 8 Program Application.
YES. Please bring the following information when applying for Section 8 Rental Assistance:
1. Birth Certificate for each member in the household.
2. Social Security Card for each member in the household.
3. Verification of any type of income in the household (i.e. pay stubs for at least 90 days if possible or a paper with a letterhead from employer stating gross pay per week/or bi-weekly, a printout from Social Security if receiving any benefits from Social Security Administration or from the Department of Health and Human Resources). If there is no income at all you must sign a form provided by CHRHA.
Applications must be in writing. When you have completed an application, a CHRHA representative will discuss the applciation with you, including reviewing the information inportant to determining your eligibility, as well as providing with additional information on the Section 8 Program.
After your application has been completed, your name will be placed on our waiting list. Once your name has reached the top of the waiting list, CHRHA will contact you by letter and provide you with instructions for further processing. You are asked to update your application at least every six months or when your situation changes, so that you can be contacted at the appropriate time for processing. If your application has not been updated every six months, it will be dropped from the waiting list.
A family's housing needs to change over time with changes in family size, job locations and other reasons. The voucher program allows families to move without the loss of rental assistance, as long as the family properly notifies the CHRHA, terminates its existing lease with the appropriate provisions and finds acceptable alternate housing. A family that wishes to move outside the CHRHA jurisdiction must consult with CHRHA to verify the procedures for moving.
When a family selects a unit, and the unit and lease is approved by CHRHA, the family signs a lease with the landlord for at lease one year. The tenant may be required to pay a security deposit to the landlord. After the first year, the landlord may require a new lease, or may permit the family to remain in the housing on a month-to-month lease. A tenant is expected to comply with the lease and Section 8 program requirements, pay its share of the rent on time and maintain the unit in good condition.
The landlord's role in the Section 8 Program is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing to a tenant at a reasonable rent. The unit must pass housing quality standards and be maintained at those standards for the length of the Section 8 contract. Also, the landlord is expected to comply with his portion of the lease.