Frequently Asked Questions
Section 8-now known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program
To be considered for Section 8 housing, you must apply at the Housing Authority office. When you have completed your application, bring it to our office, along with the following information:
- Verification of all income from whatever source in writing
- Birth certificates and Social Security cards for all individuals planning to live in the unit
- If married or divorced, copy of marriage license or Judgment of Dissolution
- Names and complete addresses of three personal references other than family members
- Names and complete addresses of current and/or previous landlord(s)
- If a family member is pregnant, a statement from the physician
- Verification of any preference(s) to which you believe you are entitled
- The typical household stays in assisted housing for about six years and varies by household type. The elderly stay in assisted housing for about nine years, while nonelderly families with children stay about four. Stays also vary by program type. Households receiving HCVs stay longest (6.6 years average, 4.8 years median), followed by public housing (5.9 years average, 3 years median) and Section 8 housing (5.8 years average, 3 years median).
- For most assisted households, length of stay is increasing. This could be driven by the changing composition of the households in the programs (more elderly people reside in assisted housing) rather than changes in household choices. But between 1995 and 2015, all assisted housing groups (by age, disability, and children) grew. Nonelderly families with kids experienced the smallest change.
Your Section 8 rental assistance can stay with you if you move — whether it’s down the block or to a different state. This is the Portability function of the program, specifically in this instance it’s called “Porting-out”. In order for you to Port-out to another jurisdiction, our policy states that if you live or work in the City of Marion at the time of your application, you may port-out to another jurisdiction. However, if you do not live or work in the City of Marion at the time of your application, you will be required to lease up with your voucher in Marion for 12 months.
In general, the applicant must be 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen with a household income of less than 50 percent of area median income. Eligibility is also based on family size. Determine if the local PHA has any restrictions or preferences.
Your rent payment is based on your income. The voucher will pay anything above 30% of your adjusted monthly income up to an established limit.
Family size 1 = up to $28,750. Family size 2 = $32,850. Family size 3 = $36,950. Family size 4 = $41,050. Family size 5 = $44,350. Family size 6 = $47,650. Family size 7 = $50,950. Family Size 8 = $54,200.
As long as you are eligible, average is 6 years. There are no required time limits.
Your landlord or property manager. You may be responsible for mowing your lawn. Though not usual, make sure you read your lease for any other possible tenant required maintenance.
You should call the maintenance number we provide you and give them the details of your needed repair. A work order will be scheduled and a maintenance person will be dispatched to make the repair as soon as possible. Emergency work orders will always be prioritized first.
According to Section 8 guidelines, someone may stay with you no more than: 15 consecutive days. 30 days TOTAL in a 12 month period.
You should call your Section 8 program (Marion Housing Authority) and talk to your case manager about the repairs that need to be made in your apartment.
If the PHA determines that a contract unit is not decent, safe, and sanitary because of an increase in family size that causes the unit to be overcrowded or that a contract unit is larger than appropriate for the size of the family, Section 8 assistance for the unit may not be terminated for this reason. The owner, however, must offer the family a suitable alternative unit if one is available and the family shall be required to move.
Section 8 Programs Rules state that you MUST allow the Housing Authority to inspect your unit at least once in a 365-day period. Failure to have your unit inspected in a timely manner to complete your certification or recertification may result in termination of your assistance.