Manager Introduction to Section 8 HCV

Owner / Manager Introduction to Section 8 HCV

For Property Owners

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance program is funded by the federal government and administered by the Kelso Housing Authority for the jurisdiction of the city of Kelso in Cowlitz County. As a public service agency, the Housing Authority is committed to providing excellent service to HCV program participants – families and owners – in the community.

The purpose of the HCV program is to provide rental assistance to eligible families. The rules and regulations of the HCV program are determined by the U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development (HUD). The Housing Authority is afforded choices in the operation of the program which are included in their administrative plan, a document approved by the board of commissioners of the Housing Authority.

The HCV program provides mobility to eligible families as they may search for suitable housing anywhere in the Housing Authority’s jurisdiction and may also be eligible to move under portability to another Housing Authority’s jurisdiction.

When a family is determined 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 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with the owner. In addition, the family enters into a lease contract 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.

In order for the program to be successful, all parties involved – HUD, the Housing Authority, the owner and the family – have important roles to play. The roles and responsibilities of all parties are defined in federal regulations and in the legal documents that are entered into by these parties.