HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (SECTION 8)
Section 8 Waitlist Opening
Currently, the Housing Choice Voucher waitlist is closed.
Limited federal funding for vouchers restricts how many families AHA can serve. AHA randomly selected over 100 pre-applications through a lottery to be placed on the waitlist. If you applied during this period, you might find out whether you were chosen in the random lottery by calling our office at 229-434-4505.
You will need either your Social Security Number or your confirmation number, as well as your date of birth.
If you have been selected for placement on the HCV waitlist, and you need to make changes to your application, you may call our office.
If you were not selected in the random lottery, you might apply for several AHA public housing and Project-Based Rental Assistance properties when they become available.
HOW THE HCV PROGRAM WORKS
A PATH TO A BETTER LIFE
Sometimes a family needs a little help to give them a chance at a stable future. With the HCV program, AHA pays a portion of an eligible families' rent directly to a private landlord. The family does their share and pays between 30 – 40% of their monthly income toward rent so that they may budget and save.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN HCV
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program assists low-income families to more easily afford quality rental housing within the private rental market. AHA receives its funding for the program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Currently, the Housing Choice Voucher (formerly known as Section 8) waitlist is closed. You may apply for several AHA public housing and Project-Based Rental Assistance when they become open.
FINDING HOUSING WITH YOUR VOUCHER
While on the program, families can use their vouchers to rent a house, duplex, or apartment within the Albany area. Please contact our offices for a list of landlords. A public posting of available units is also offered at AHA's Central Office located at 521 Pine Avenue Albany, GA. 31701, for your convenience only.
MOVING WITH YOUR VOUCHER "PORTABILITY"
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is a federal program. Families with an active housing choice voucher can transfer their assistance to any other city in the country that has an HCV Program. This program feature is known as portability. When a family moves their voucher from another housing authority into Albany, it is called "porting in."
AHA strives to nurture and promote opportunities for individuals and families so they can become financially independent. We offer a wide range of programs that provide hope and purpose. Some of these initiatives include the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, down payment assistance, and scholarships.
ANNUAL RECERTIFICATION PROCESS
HUD requires an annual review of all HCV participants. AHA schedules annual appointments about three months before the lease expires and annual HQS inspections about four months before the contract expires. (Recertifications by mail are available to clients with disabilities as a reasonable accommodation.)
A family's income determines a family's rent portion. Families must report required changes timely so that AHA can accurately calculate rent portions.
HOUSING QUALITY STANDARDS INSPECTION
HUD requires Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections before move-in and annually to ensure subsidized units are in the right, safe, decent, and sanitary conditions. If the owner does not maintain HQS, a complaint inspection may be performed.