Housing Choice Voucher Program (aka Section 8)
The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by the City of Chandler Housing and Redevelopment Division. The Housing Division receives federal funds from the U.S . Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.
A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Housing Division 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.
Public Housing Program
Under this program, a family’s rent is subsidized based on their month adjusted income level. Participants in this program pay 30 percent of their monthly income toward rent. The rental units in this program are owned and operated by the City of Chandler for the benefit of HUD. Chandler operates and manages over 150 family apartments at four locations, 37 elderly designated apartments at one location and over 100 scattered site single-family homes.
Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to highrise apartments for elderly families. There are approximately 1.3 million households living in public housing units, managed by some 3,300 HAs. The U.S .Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford.
The Housing Division owns 303 dwelling units in the City of Chandler that are rented to low-income families and seniors. These units range from single-family dwellings to single story apartment complexes and are scattered throughout the city. Participants in this program pay 30 percent of their monthly- adjusted income toward rent and utilities. Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals.
Eligibility is based on: 1) annual gross income; 2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and 3) U. citizenship or eligible immigration status. If you are eligible, the Housing Division will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. The City of Chandler Housing Division will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project's environment.
The City of Chandler Housing Division uses income limits developed by HUD. HUD sets the lower income limits at 80% and very low-income limits at 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which you choose to live. Income limits vary from area to area so you may be eligible at one Housing Authority but not at another.