Arlington Housing Authority to Accept Applications for its Housing Choice Voucher Program – Tuesday, August 28, 2018, through Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Applicants currently on the WaitList from prior Open Enrollments will be terminated from the WaitList and must re-apply during this Open Enrollment period.The AHA will only accept applications submitted electronically via the WaitListCheck website. To ensure the application process is fair and available to all, applications received will be randomly assigned their position on the WaitList. Time and date of application will not be used to establish an applicant’s position on the WaitList. You can apply any time during the Open Enrollment period.All active applicants currently on the WaitList will be notified, using their last known email address, to advise that their applications from a prior open enrollment will be terminated effective August 17, 2018, and they must re-apply – no exceptions.All applicants must have an active email address to apply. Free email accounts are available through websites such as Google or Yahoo. (The AHA does not endorse any Internet provider). The email provided at application will be used to communicate with the applicant throughout the year. It is important that applicants maintain an active email account and check correspondence frequently.Applicants that do not have access to a computer may use computers located at an Arlington Public Library or one located in the AHA lobby located at 501 W. Sanford Street, Suite 20, Arlington, TX 76011, where additional assistance will be provided, upon request. Applicants with a physical disability needing assistance may contact the AHA during the Open Enrollment period at 817-276-6722.To APPLY for Housing Choice Voucher Program rental housing assistance:
- Between Aug 28, 9:00 am, and Sep 5, 9:00 am, click here to apply online
- Answer all questions, and submit the application electronically.
- Print the receipt of your submitted application (which provides your important PIN #) and keep a copy in a safe place for future reference. Your PIN # is required to check the status of your application, make changes, and to receive information and notices from AHA.
After September 17, 2018, you will need to register for AssistanceCheck.AssistanceCheck is an on-line applicant portal allowing you to:
- check the status of your WaitList application
- make changes to your application
- and receive important information, notices and invitations by email from the Housing Authority
NOTE: If you have previously registered with AssistanceCheck, you will not be required to register again. You will use your current username and password.Click here to register for AssistanceCheck and then choose “Applicants”Register for AssistanceCheck using the PIN # located on your WaitList application receipt.When registering, you will be required to set up a User Name and Password.
Change in Payment Standards
On April 1, 2018, AHA began using a new method to calculate the amount we will pay toward rent and utilities for families in our Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The new approach is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for all housing authorities in the Fort Worth / Arlington area. The new standard used to determine the maximum subsidy for a rental unit, known as the payment standard, is based on rent estimates for each ZIP code (called a Small Area Fair Market Rent) instead of rental rates across the entire metropolitan area.The factors that will determine how this change affects your family will be discussed at your next annual reexamination.View the new SAFMR payment standard.
Updating your Waiting List Application
After September 5, 2017, all applicants on the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, will need to register for AssistanceCheck. If you need assistance, please contact the AHA at 817-275-3351.
AssistanceCheck, the AHA’s on-line applicant portal, allows applicants 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
- Register for AssistanceCheck using the PIN number located on your waiting list application receipt
- When registering, you will be required to set up a User Name and Password
NOTE: If you have previously registered with AssistanceCheck, you will be able to use the same username and password.
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 over 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). Click here to view the current Payment Standard. 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 through AssistanceCheck. It is the responsibility of the applicant to update 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 via AssistanceCheck.
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 50% of Area Medium Income (see HUD Income Limits), 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.
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 period, the AHA will place applications 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 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. Not keeping your contact information current could result in being removed from the waiting list. For example, the AHA will send an applicant notice by email that their application was selected from the waiting list and offer the applicant the opportunity to attend an eligibility meeting. If the applicant does not receive the email because they didn’t provide an updated email to the AHA and 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 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. Click here to register on AssistanceCheck.
Open Enrollment occurs annually. Any unselected applications from any prior period are terminated prior to the new Open Enrollment and must reapply.
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