Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher Program
(sometimes referred to as Section 8) offers safe, decent and sanitary
housing conditions for very
low-income families throughout Burlington and promotes personal,
economic and social upward mobility to provide families the
opportunity to make the transition from subsidized to non-subsidized
Housing Choice is a Federal government program
designed to assist very low-income families, the elderly, and the
disabled with affordable, decent, safe and sanitary housing in the
private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of a
family or individual, participants are able to find housing,
including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. Participants can
chose any housing that meets the requirements of the
program and is not limited to subsidized housing projects.
Housing Choice Vouchers can be
administered by a Public Housing Agency, such as the Low Rent Housing
Agency of Burlington, Iowa. The Low Rent Housing Agency of
Burlington, Iowa administers up to 325 vouchers within the city
limits of Burlington, Iowa and receives federal funding from the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the
Once a voucher is issued, the family is
responsible for locating a suitable unit of their choice where the
owner agrees to rent under the program. The unit may include the
family’s current residence. Rental units must meet minimum
standards of health and safety, as determined by the Low Rent Housing
Agency of Burlington, Iowa.
A housing subsidy is paid directly to
the landlord by the Low Rent Housing Agency of Burlington, Iowa on
behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the
difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the
amount of the subsidy.
Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)
The Low Rent Housing Agency of Burlington, Iowa is
responsible for ensuring that every individual and family admitted to the
Housing Choice Voucher programs meets all program eligibility. This
any individual approved to join the family after the family has been
to the program. The family must provide
any information needed by the Agency to confirm eligibility and determine
level of the family’s assistance.
The Low Rent Housing Agency of Burlington, Iowa
eligibility for a housing voucher based on the total gross income and
size and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of
who have eligible immigration status.
To be eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher program,
applicant family must:
as a family as defined by HUD and the Low Rent Housing
Agency of Burlington.
income at or below HUD-specified income limits.
on the basis of citizenship or eligible immigrant
status of family members.
social security number information for family members
to the Low Rent Housing Agency of Burlington’s
collection and use of family information as required for in Agency
The Low Rent Housing Agency of Burlington, Iowa must
determine that the current or past behavior of household members does not
include activities that are prohibited by HUD or the Agency.
HUD is required by law to set income limits that
eligibility of applicants for HUD’s assisted housing programs, including
Housing Choice Voucher program. The
income limits are published annually and are based on HUD estimates of
family income in a particular area or county, with adjustments for family
A family whose annual income does
not exceed 80 percent of the median income for the area, adjusted for
low-income. A family whose annual income doe not exceed 50 percent of the
median income for the area, adjusted for family size.
low-income. A family whose annual
income doe not exceed 30 percent of the median income for the area,
for family size.
Income limits are used for eligibility only at
admission. Eligibility is established
by comparing a family’s annual income with HUD’s published income limits.
How Do I Apply for the
Housing Choice Voucher Program?
Please call us at 319-752-4042. We look forward to