Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher

ATTENTION:

 

The Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher program waitlist is closed as of March 15, 2018.

 

 


The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) opened its waitlist starting Tuesday, March 13 and closed on Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church located at 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso, WA. 

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) opened its waitlist starting Monday, April 16 and closed on Wednesday, April 18, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church located at 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso, WA. 

 Beginning February 20, 2012 the Kelso Housing Authority will close the waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

Applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program post-marked prior to February 20, 2012 will be received and placed on the waiting list.

The following waiting lists closed as of JULY 2017:
1. Public Housing Kelso Homes
2. Public Housing Cowlitz Villa (Senior 62+ Property)


Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance program is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of the federal government and administered by the Kelso Housing Authority in Kelso.

The purpose of the HCV program is to provide housing opportunities to extremely low income citizens. The program offers mobility to eligible families because they may search for suitable housing anywhere in the Kelso Housing Authority's jurisdiction and may also be eligible to move under portability to other Housing Authority's jurisdictions.

For the HCV program to work and be successful, all parties involved – HUD, the Housing Authority, the owner, and the family – have important roles to play.

When a family is determined to be eligible for the program and funding is available, the Housing Authority issues the family a housing voucher. When the family finds a suitable housing unit and funding is available, the Housing Authority will enter into a contract with the owner and the family will enter into a lease with the owner. Each party makes their respective payment to the owner so that the owner receives full rent.

Even though the family is determined to be eligible for the program, the owner has the responsibility of approving the family as a suitable renter. The Housing Authority continues to make payments to the owner as long as the family is eligible and the housing unit continues to qualify under the program.

As a public service agency, the Kelso Housing Authority is committed to providing excellent service to HCV program participants – families and owners – in the community.

To be eligible for the HCV program the applicant family must: