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HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM 1. * AGENDA *  Introduction and Summary of Programs  General overview of the HCV Program  Roles and responsibilities.

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1 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM 1

2 * AGENDA *  Introduction and Summary of Programs  General overview of the HCV Program  Roles and responsibilities  Steps to participate in the program 2

3 Summary of Rental Assistance Programs  The Assisted Housing Department provides rental assistance to approximately 5,900 families and 15,000 individuals each month through various rental assistance programs.  All rental assistance programs operate similar to the Housing Choice Voucher Program and are outlined in the following chart. 3 Program# unitsPartner Housing Choice Vouchers5,402 Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers 405Veteran’s Administration Total Vouchers5,807 Shelter Plus Care Grants63Austin Travis County Integral Care Tenant Based Rental Assistance65City of Austin and Salvation Army Total5,935

4 Overview of the Housing Choice Voucher Program 4

5 The Housing Choice Voucher Program Designed to maintain regular owner/tenant relationships while promoting affordable rental housing in the City of Austin 5

6 The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally funded program. The program provides a rent subsidy for eligible families to make rent affordable. Families select a unit of their choice in the private rental market. Families pay between 30% & 40% of their income towards rent. The Housing Authority pays the balance directly to the property owner. 6 The Housing Choice Voucher Program

7 HCV Program’s Roles & Responsibilities 1.The Owner 2.The Housing Authority 3.The Family 7

8 The Owner Screen and interview families who apply Maintain the property by making repairs in a timely manner Collect application fees, security deposits and the tenant’s monthly rent portion Manage the property and enforce the lease Comply with the terms of the Housing Assistance Payment Contract 8

9 The Owner Comply with fair housing laws and equal opportunity requirements Notify the Housing Authority if a tenant vacates the property Notify the Housing Authority of an owner change 9

10 The Housing Authority Determine eligibility of program applicants Develop and enforce local HCV policy Educate owners and tenants on program requirements Issue vouchers to families Inspect the properties for compliance with housing quality standards 10

11 Send housing assistance payments to the owner Conduct annual re-exams of the family’s income and composition and adjust rent portions if necessary 11 The Housing Authority

12 The Family Provide the Housing Authority with complete and accurate information Report changes in income or family composition Locate a suitable unit and pay security deposits and application fees Attend scheduled appointments and return documents on time 12

13 The Family Maintain the property and repair any damages beyond normal wear and tear Comply with the terms of the lease Pay their portion of rent on time to the owner Comply with all family obligations under the Housing Choice Voucher Program 13

14 Steps to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program 14

15  List a property - GoSection8.com and the partner portal are available free of charge  Screen and select a tenant based on your screening criteria  Collect application fees and security deposit  Submit a completed Request for Tenancy approval form which will be provided by the tenant 15 STEPS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VOUCHER PROGRAM

16  An inspector will contact you in approximately 24 hours after receiving the Request for Tenancy Approval to set a date and time for an initial inspection  The requested rent must be reasonable compared to similar unassisted units.  The unit needs to pass a housing quality standards inspections (HQS). A notice with any items needing repairs will be provided. 16

17 STEPS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VOUCHER PROGRAM  After the property passes a HQS inspection, a notice will be sent to the owner and tenant indicating the approved contract rent and rent portions  The owner signs a Housing Assistance Payment Contract (HAP) and provides a copy of the signed lease  The HAP contract and lease may be ed. 17

18  The effective date of the first payment starts the day the unit passes inspection and the tenant moves into the unit.  The first payment will be deposited electronically into your bank account within days.  Payments thereafter will be electronically deposited the first of the month. Receiving the Housing Assistance Payment 18

19 Annually, the family’s income and composition will be reviewed and the unit will be inspected for compliance with housing quality standards. Families are held accountable for any damages they cause beyond normal wear and tear. Repairs must be completed within 30 days or 24 hours for life threatening deficiencies. 19 Additional Information

20  Partner Portal is available 24/7. The site provides owners with access to Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) details, inspection results, and the status of the tenant’s re-examination.  Partner Portal also contains quick links to various forms, publications, and program announcements. PARTNER PORTAL PROVIDES EASY ACCESS TO INFORMATION 20

21 Forms 21 1.Request for Tenancy Approval 2.W-9 3.Tax Identification 4.Direct Deposit form

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28 Number of bedrooms Eff L/L pays all utilities $715$876$1,102$1,492$1,809$2,081 Effective 2/1/2015 Payment Standards 28

29 Contact Information 29 Housing Authority of the City of Austin 1124 South IH-35 Austin, TX Lisa Garcia, Vice President of Assisted Housing hacanet.org

30 The Housing Authority of the City of Austin appreciates your support in providing rental units to the over 5,800 Austin families in need of quality affordable rental housing. 30

31 THANK YOU for your interest in the HCV Program! 31


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