NEWCAP BLOGApr 12, 2017
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The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally funded housing program that provides rental subsidies to low-income families, senior citizens, handicapped, and disabled individuals who reside in rental housing to widen housing opportunities for lower income families by assisting them in obtaining adequate (decent, safe, and sanitary) and affordable housing. This will be accomplished through the utilization of the existing housing stock and by providing rental subsidies to offset the high cost of living.
If the applicant is approved, attendance at an interview/briefing session is required. During the briefing, the tenant is issued a voucher and also given a detailed explanation of the program and their responsibilities. When a tenant has located a unit and the owner accepts the voucher, an inspection is performed to ensure the unit is decent, safe, and sanitary under the Housing Quality Standard regulations.
If the unit passes, the owner and Newcap enter into a Housing Assistance Payment Contract, stating the amount of rental assistance to be paid on behalf of the tenant. The tenant and landlord enter into a lease agreement. The first lease must be 12 months. Each participant and rental unit undergo an annual recertification process.
Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency Program Description:
The Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a voluntary five-year program for families with Section 8 vouchers. The program helps families become financially independent. The main goal of the program is to help families obtain good jobs and earn enough money so they do not need public cash assistance.
Under the FSS Program, low-income families are guided to opportunities for education, job training, counseling, and other forms of social service assistance, while living in assisted housing, so that they can obtain the education, employment, and the business/social skills necessary for them to become self-sufficient. An individualized plan is developed for each family, determining their goals and what kind(s) of supportive services are needed to meet them.
The housing authority and Newcap, working with other community agencies, assist the family in getting these services. A unique feature of this program is that when a family’s earned income goes up, instead of merely reducing the amount of rent assistance they receive, an amount equal to the reduction in assistance is placed in an escrow savings account for the family. If and when the family completes the program, they receive the entire amount in this escrow account, plus interest, to use as they choose.
Please contact our office to fill out an application. Families who are deemed eligible are placed on an in-house waiting list for the next available voucher. At the time assistance is offered, the applicant is sent a Tenant Information Packet, Authorization for Release of Information Form, and a list of items to send in to verify their eligibility.
Please also fill out our Intake Form here.
Additional Program Forms:
(print and submit to Newcap Oconto office)
Family income must be at or below 50% of the County Median Income. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program.
What number am I on the Section 8 waiting list?
To get this information, call toll-free 866-569-6301. You will be prompted to enter your birth date and Social Security number. You may also check online here.