Provide opportunities for very low-income families to obtain rental housing outside areas of poverty or minority concentration is an important goal for the housing choice voucher program. The Maywood Housing Authority is responsible for informing families about the availability and benefits of mobility and improving access to such housing opportunities. The Housing Authority improve access through outreach to landlords who manage outside areas of poverty or minority concentration, high-quality information about housing opportunities, encouragement and support for families in the housing sector with effective implementation of portability or other cooperative mobility measures with neighboring Housing Authorities. The Housing Choice Voucher Program is now the largest assisted program administered by HUD.
What are Housing Choice Vouchers?
The conversion from the Rental Certificate and Rental Voucher Program, Housing Choice Voucher Program started October 1, 1999. Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by Maywood Housing Authority (MHA receive federal funds to administer the voucher program.) A family that has a housing choice voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of their choice where owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit marks the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standard health and safety, as determined by MHA. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by MHA on behalf of the participating family. The family is required to pay 30 percent of income toward the rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
Exhibit 1-1 shows the relationship of the Housing Choice Voucher Program
STEP 1. CONGRESS APPROPRIATES FUNDING
STEP 2. HUD PROVIDE FUNDING TO PHAS
Program Regulations and Annual Contributions Contract
Specify PHA Obligations and Voucher Funding
STEP 3. PHA ADMINISTERS PROGRAM AND DISBURSES FUNDS
Voucher HAP Contract
STEP 4 & 5. FAMILY PROGRAM PARTICIPANT Lease specifies Tenant OWNER
The annual contributions contract (ACC) between HUD and the PHA program PHA with funding for housing assistance to very low-income households establishes the PHA’s responsibilities in administering this funding.