The City of Utica Section 8 Program (HA) administers the Federal Housing Choice Voucher rental subsidy program for the City of Utica.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to rent decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since the rental assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find and lease privately owned 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.
Eligibility for the program is determined by the HA based on the total annual gross income and family size. Families must be at or below the Very Low Income to be eligible, however 75% of new admissions must be below the Very Very Low Income Limits.
LINK to updated Income Limits: http://www.huduser.org/datasets/il.html. The program is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. If the HA determines that your family is eligible, the HA will put your name on a waiting list, and contact you when funds are available to issue you a Voucher.
A rental subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the HA 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. The maximum amount of the family's assistance is calculated by subtracting 30% of their adjusted monthly income from the lower of the program Payment Standard or the gross rent. The amount that the family will pay depends upon the total rent for the unit and the family's voucher size compared to the unit size. The HA cannot allow a family to use the Section 8 voucher in a unit if renting that unit would cause the family to pay more than 40% of the household's monthly adjusted income towards rent and utilities for the first year of the tenancy.
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