The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, including the elderly and the disabled, to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing in the community. Participants are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and are not limited to units located in subsidized housing developments.
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
When your application is returned to the Housing Authority office, we will check it to see that all information required is attached. At that time your household income will be compared to the income limits for your family size, a criminal check will be made of all adult household members, and a determination of preliminary eligibility will be made. If you qualify, you will then be placed on a waiting list for a Voucher. When you near the top of the waiting list, all information will once again be verified to determine whether or not your family is still eligible to participate in the program.
The Housing Authority of the City of Marion administers 124 Housing Choice Vouchers. If you are a resident of the City of Marion at the time you apply, your voucher may be used anywhere in the United States; however, if you are not a resident of Marion at the time of your application, you will be required to use your Voucher within the City of Marion the first twelve months.
Housing with a Section 8 Voucher may take somewhat longer than placement in standard housing developments, because you will have to first find a private landlord with an appropriate unit, and, before you can move in, the Housing Authority must complete an inspection of the unit to ensure that it is safe, decent, and affordable.
Current payment standards, a list of participating landlords in the jurisdiction, a Schedule of Utility Allowances, income limits for admission, the Section 8 Administrative Plan, together with other pertinent information and notices are posted at the Housing Authority office.