Low Rent
Housing Agency
of Burlington, Iowa

Autumn Heights
2830 Winegard Drive
Burlington, IA 52601
Phone: 319-753-2142
Fax: 319-753-0102

Housing Choice
Voucher Program
(Section 8)

2830 Winegard Drive
Burlington, IA 52601
Phone: 319-752-4042
Fax: 319-753-0102

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Housing 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.

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 voucher program.

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) Eligibility

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 includes any individual approved to join the family after the family has been admitted to the program.  The family must provide any information needed by the Agency to confirm eligibility and determine the level of the family’s assistance.

The Low Rent Housing Agency of Burlington, Iowa determines eligibility for a housing voucher based on the total gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. 

To be eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher program, the applicant family must:

-         Qualify as a family as defined by HUD and the Low Rent Housing Agency of Burlington.

-         Have income at or below HUD-specified income limits.

-         Qualify on the basis of citizenship or eligible immigrant status of family members.

-         Provide social security number information for family members as required.

-         Consent to the Low Rent Housing Agency of Burlington’s collection and use of family information as required for in Agency provided consent forms. 

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.

Income Eligibility

HUD is required by law to set income limits that determine the eligibility of applicants for HUD’s assisted housing programs, including the Housing Choice Voucher program.  The income limits are published annually and are based on HUD estimates of median family income in a particular area or county, with adjustments for family size.

 Levels of Low-Income

Low-income.  A family whose annual income does not exceed 80 percent of the median income for the area, adjusted for family size.

Very low-income. A family whose annual income doe not exceed 50 percent of the median income for the area, adjusted for family size.

Extremely low-income.  A family whose annual income doe not exceed 30 percent of the median income for the area, adjusted 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 hearing from you!