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What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program’s Rental Assistance?

Housing choice vouchers allow low income families to choose and lease safe, decent and affordable privately owned rental housing. Clients are free to choose any housing within Craighead County that meets the requirements of the program and are not limited to units located in public housing developments.

Clients are expected to comply with the landlord’s lease and the program requirements, pay rent on time, maintain the unit in good condition and notify the housing authority of any changes in income or family composition. All responsibilities and rights are directed by federal law, in contrast, most rights and duties of private tenants are set by the landlord.

Why the Housing Choice Voucher Program is For You

Unlike public housing, which allows low income families and individuals to rent directly from a local housing authority (HA), which sets rent at an affordable level, Housing Choice Voucher Program (often referred to as the “Housing Choice Voucher Program”) was created to allow very low income (defined as 50% or les of the local median income) families and individuals to rent on the private market using vouchers which cover a portion of the monthly rent.

Usually, you will be responsible for paying 30% of your adjusted gross monthly income in rent and utilities; the local housing authority will pay the difference (up to an allowable level) directly to the landlord each month.  If the difference between the total rent and 30% of your income exceeds the local standard payment, you may be required to pay the difference as well (up to a minimum of 40%).