The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) will host a public hearing on its annual plan for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded Section 8 Housing Rent-Assistance Program for residents of 11 counties.
The affected counties are Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Shelby and Warren.
The hearing is at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, at the agency’s Community Services Department Building next to the NECAC Pike County Service Center at 807 Business Highway 61 North in Bowling Green.
The annual plan and public hearing are part of the contract requirements NECAC has with HUD, and describe NECAC’s administration of the Section 8 program. NECAC has been contracting with HUD for more than 35 years to operate the program.
The HUD Section 8 rent-assistance program allows NECAC to make full or partial monthly rent-subsidy payments directly to participating private landlords on behalf of the income-qualifying families and individuals. The tenant then pays the remaining balance of the rent directly to the landlord on a monthly basis.
Only houses, apartments and mobile homes that meet standards for safety, cleanliness and affordability set by HUD Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and local city and county zoning ordinances may be approved for the program.
After signing up for the program, applicants who meet the federal income and other guidelines will be put on a waiting list. When their names reach the top of the list, applicants will receive permission to search for an apartment, house or mobile home. The applicant will then have 60 days to find a rental unit, which is then inspected by NECAC and must pass HUD and local standards. Applicants may use their current places of residence if their landlords agree to participate in the program and the rental unit passes inspection.
NECAC provides the qualified applicants with a list of all local landlords who participate in the program. The qualified applicants are responsible for making landlord contact, applying for and signing an annual lease.
Participating landlords receive the guaranteed monthly rent portion payment from NECAC and keep and maintain control of their properties. They may continue to advertise their rental units on the open market for the general public until a lease is signed. The landlord is responsible for checking references and doing background checks and may reject an applicant based upon their findings. The landlords are responsible for providing an annual lease and may also, with proper legal notice, evict tenants who do not follow the terms of the lease.
Qualifying Section 8 tenants pay approximately 30 percent of their income towards rent and utilities directly to the landlord on a monthly basis. The actual amount of the rent payment subsidy depends upon the individual or family income, size of family and the unit selected.
Preference will be given to families who live or work in the 11 counties. Proof of residency must be provided at the time of application. Acceptable forms of proof are Social Security/SSI award letter, check stubs, current bank statement or utility bills.
Page 2 of 2 - For information, call the appropriate NECAC County Service Center or the NECAC Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in Bowling Green toll free at 1-866-552-5560.