Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)
The federally funded Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is voluntary for both landlords and tenants. It helps eligible, very low-income families with their monthly rental housing payments.
Read further to learn how it works, whether you’re eligible, and how to apply.
How it Works
A family whose household income is 30% or less of the area's medium household income is certified to participate in the program from the Longmont Housing Authority.
Through a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract, direct monthly payments are made to the landlord/property owner for the amount of rent that the family cannot afford. After allowances are made for utilities not included in the rent, the HAP makes up the difference in total amount due.
For example, if 30% of a family's gross monthly income is $100, and the rent (including utilities) for the selected apartment is $350 per month, the tenant pays the landlord $100 and the remaining $250 is paid to the landlord by the Longmont Housing Authority through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
A family may either remain in their present rental unit or move to another. The following guidelines are applicable:
Owners determine the security deposit. The security deposit cannot exceed one month's rent.
The minimum lease length is one year (the majority of leases under the program are written for this length of time).
The unit must be in decent, safe and sanitary condition (meets relevant HUD housing quality standards).
Under the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the family's share of gross rent (rent to owner plus tenant-paid utilities) must not exceed 40 percent of the family's monthly-adjusted income. This rent restriction will not apply to a family that rents a unit for a gross rent at or below the Payment Standard for the family. The Longmont Housing Authority will not approve a tenancy for initial occupancy of a unit if the family's share would exceed 40 percent of adjusted income. There are Payment Standards for calculating subsidies for the Voucher Program based on the size of the household.