SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally subsidized program designed to assist low to moderate income families with their housing needs. Participant families typically pay 30% of their adjusted income for rent and utilities. The subsidy covers the difference between the contract rent and the family’s portion of the payment.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is funded through an Annual Contributions Contract with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program subsidizes rent for units in the private market. Wayne Metropolitan Housing administers Housing Choice Vouchers to over 800 Families in Wayne, Ashland and Holmes Counties.

The unit in which the family will reside must be decent, safe and sanitary and have a sufficient number of bedrooms to adequately house the family. The housing unit must pass a Housing Quality Standards inspection prior to a contract being executed.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program operates off of a waiting list and families must meet eligibility requirements based on federal guidelines.

An applicant family (Wayne County) must initially meet the following income guidelines:

Family Size

1 person
2 persons
3 persons
4 persons
5 persons
6 persons
7 persons
8 persons

Maximum Annual Income

$ 22,200
$ 25,350
$ 28,500
$ 31,650
$ 34,200
$ 36,750
$ 39,250
$ 41,800


Rents are determined by the size of the unit (number of bedrooms). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development publishes “Fair Market Rents” for each geographic area annually for each size. A “Payment Standard” is the maximum amount of subsidy or rental assistance that the Housing Authority can contribute for a family’s housing needs. That amount includes both rent and utility costs. Payments standards used by Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority are 100% of Fair Market Rents. The following list shows both Fair Market Rents and Payments Standards for each size unit for each county served (effective January 1, 2012):
(Fair Market Rents and Payment Standards are subject to change by publication from HUD.)

Wayne County

Unit Size

Efficiency
1 bedroom
2 bedroom
3 bedroom
4 bedroom
5 bedroom
6 bedroom

Fair Market Rent

$   404
$   502
$   618
$   739
$   808
$   929
$ 1,050

Payment Standard

$   404
$   502
$   618
$   743
$   816
$   942
$ 1,069

Ashland County

Unit Size

Efficiency
1 bedroom
2 bedroom
3 bedroom
4 bedroom
5 bedroom
6 bedroom

Fair Market Rent

$   384
$   458
$   593
$   765
$   787
$   905
$ 1,023

Payment Standard

$   384
$   458
$   593
$   769
$   792
$   915
$ 1,038

Holmes County

Unit Size

Efficiency
1 bedroom
2 bedroom
3 bedroom
4 bedroom
5 bedroom
6 bedroom

Fair Market Rent

$   494
$   502
$   618
$   739
$   808
$   929
$ 1,050

Payment Standard

$   404
$   502
$   618
$   743
$   816
$   942
$ 1,069

How to become a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Landlord and Why

It is just good business to meet the needs of your community by providing good affordable housing to families – and there is guaranteed rental income. You can bank on receiving your Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program rent subsidy check on time every month.

You retain the right to screen and select your own tenants, and you also retain the right to manage your own property.

Upon screening and approval of a tenant, you and the tenant must complete the Request for Tenancy Approval, Lead-Based Paint and Inspection Request Forms. This will allow the Housing Authority to determine if the unit qualifies for the tenant family.

You can list your property on our “Available Unit Listing” which is provided to all applicants at the time they receive their Voucher.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact our Outreach Coordinator by coming into our office, phoning, or by sending an email inquiry through our Staff Directory link.