The Arlington Housing Authority will accept applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program during Open Enrollment period; beginning August 9, 2016, at 9:00am CST and ending August 16, 2016, at 9:00am CST.
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental housing assistance program serves low and very low-income households with housing assistance, administered by public housing agencies and anyone can apply. The HCV program is a federally funded program in existence since 1975 that serves over 2 million households nationwide and 3,700 households in Arlington, Texas. The program provides financial assistance to enable eligible participants to lease existing rental units from private property owners who offer decent, safe, and affordable rental housing at rental rates within the HUD published Fair Market Rents (FMR). Each unit must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection and the rent for the dwelling must be rent reasonable compared to other similar units in the same geographic area.Participating tenants pay approximately 30% of their adjusted income toward their rent, with the balance paid by the Housing Authority.The AHA does not have sufficient funding to assist all applicants that apply for rental housing assistance. As a result, the AHA maintains a waiting list. The AHA contacts applicants selected from the waiting list by e-mail. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the AHA of any changes to the information they provided on their application, especially their contact information. Applicants are expected to update their application or check the status of their application online.
Eligibility to participate in the HCV program is based in part on household income. Applicants must meet the Income Limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) applicable to the jurisdiction and to the number of persons that will reside in the HCV assisted dwelling unit. Applicants with gross annual income from all members of their household equal to or less than 30% of Area Medium Income (AMI), as shown in the table below, may be eligible to participate in the HCV program. In addition to household income, the AHA reviews the criminal background, if any, for all household members age 17 and older. Persons that have committed a felony, or are listed as a Registered Sex Offender, or have used, sold, distributed or manufactured methamphetamines are not eligible to participate in the HCV program.
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The AHA lacks sufficient funding to assist all applicants. Applications are placed on a waiting list during open enrollment. The AHA selects applicants from its waiting list when funding becomes available to assist additional households. Applicants are selected on the basis of the AHA’s local preferences. The AHA defines the ‘residency’ preference as applicants that either live or work in Arlington. The ‘working’ preference is defined as persons that are employed. The ‘working’ preference is also awarded to persons with a disability and to the elderly (age 62 and older). Preferences are used as criteria to prioritize, sort and select applicants from the waiting list. Applicants meeting the local preferences are ranked above applicants that do not meet a local preference.After the end of an open enrollment, the AHA will place applications received on the waiting list as follows:
- Each application received will be assigned a position on the waiting list by random number assignment.
- The AHA will sort the waiting list by local preferences as follows:
- Applicants that qualify for both the residency and the working preference will rise to the top of the waiting list.
- Applicants that qualify for the residency preference but not the working preference are ranked next on the waiting list
- Applicants that qualify for the working preference but not the residency preference are ranked next on the waiting list
- Applicants that do not qualify for either the residency or working preference are ranked next on the waiting list.
- The AHA will select applicants from the waiting list as funding becomes available to assist additional households in the HCV program.
When selecting applicants from the waiting list, the AHA will contact applicants by email (as listed in their application or AssistanceCheck account). The AHA will communicate with applicants by email and may, at its sole discretion, communicate with applicants by phone or mail. It is the responsibility of the applicant to update their HCV waiting list application with regard to any changes in information, especially changes to their contact information. For example, if the AHA sends an applicant notice by email that their application was selected from the waiting list and offers the applicant the opportunity to attend an eligibility meeting and the applicant fails to attend the scheduled meeting, the AHA will remove their application from the waiting list and notify the next applicant on the waiting list. As a result, it is critical that applicants are registered for AssistanceCheck at www.assistancecheck.com and are properly maintaining their email address, telephone number, and physical mailing address on the AssistanceCheck Applicant Portal as soon as possible after Open Enrollment. Open Enrollment occurs annually. Any unselected applications from any prior period are terminated prior to the new Open Enrollment.Frequently Asked Questions:A list of frequently asked general program questions and answers, please review. FAQ – English. FAQ -SpanishFor more questions and answers related to specific program participants, please review:ApplicantParticipantLandlordView the HCV Briefing Packet
Updating your Waiting List Application
All applicants are strongly encouraged to register their waiting list application on AssistanceCheck. Through AssistanceCheck, applicants can check the status of their waiting list application, make changes to their application, and receive information and notices from the AHA regarding their application. In order to use AssistanceCheck, you must first create an account by going to www.assistancecheck.com and following instructions shown above, using the PIN provided to you on your waiting list application receipt. After setting up an account, log on to the AssistanceCheck website to access your waiting list application. If you need assistance, please contact the AHA at 817-275-3351.Go to www.assistancecheck.com and register for AssistanceCheck:
- Register for AssistanceCheck using the PIN number located on your Wait List application receipt
- When registering, you will be required to set up a User Name and Password so that you can access AssistanceCheck at any time to:
- check the status of your Waiting List application
- make changes to your application, and
- receive important information, notices and invitations by email from the AHA
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