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H ousing Choice Voucher Program. Presenters: Sharon Fairburn-HCVP Director Diana Crosswhite-HCVP Policy Specialist November 2009. To help fellow Virginians obtain safe, sound and decent housing otherwise unaffordable to them

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h ousing choice voucher program

Housing Choice VoucherProgram

Presenters:

Sharon Fairburn-HCVP Director

Diana Crosswhite-HCVP Policy Specialist

November 2009

vhda s mission
To help fellow Virginians obtain safe, sound and decent housing otherwise unaffordable to them

This is one of the Federal government's program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled with rental expenses

VHDA’s Mission
vhda s history
VHDA was created as a housing finance agency to lend money for homeownership programs and to provide financing for multifamily properties

In 1975 VHDA was appointed by the VA General Assembly to apply for the voucher program in areas in VA that did not have a housing authority or agency to apply for the voucher funding

VHDA’s History
vhda s history4
Already in VA there were housing authorities administering the public housing program

VHDA made presentations to every county or city in VA that did not have a housing agency to seek voucher funding for their community

VHDA’s History
program funding is limited
By the mid-1990s Congress began to slow down in providing “new” funding for the voucher program

VHDA has a waiting list of counties in VA that now want to provide the program but funding is not available

Congress is funding “special purpose” vouchers but not providing new funding to start new areas or new agency programs

Program Funding is Limited
how the program works
Families rent existing housing stock; the private rental market is used, as new units are not built for the program

The program is not public housing and entire apartment complexes are not “vouchered”; families are dispersed in the community

The voucher holder must find a rental unit and willing landlord, the unit is inspected, and the rent requested must be reasonable for the market area

How the Program Works
how the program works7
Leased Structure Types

Single Family Detached 40%

Multifamily 49%

Row house/townhouse 20%

Low-rise 27%

High rise with elevator 2%

Manufactured Home 11%

How the Program Works
how the program works8
A housing assistance payment (HAP) is paid by VHDA directly to the landlord.

The family pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the federal program.

Average HAP paid on behalf of the family is $586program wide.

How the Program Works
how the program works9
VHDA is authorized to administer Vouchers in all areas of the state, but

VHDA is notstatewide and is not in every jurisdiction in Virginia.

VHDA’s program is primarily in suburban rural areas; generally not in metro areas although there is some overlap

How the Program Works
how the program works10
VHDA partnered with special interest groups back in the early 1980s that were not successful working with the local housing authorities for specific housing needs of their clients

37.7% of the VHDA’s 9446 vouchers are to persons with disabilities

How the Program Works
agencies with allocations to serve persons with disabilities
Junction Center Independent Living Center

Chesterfield CSB

Richmond Residential Services

Central VA Resource Cooperation

Central VA Housing Coalition

Virginia Supportive Housing

Agencies with Allocations to Serve Persons with Disabilities
agencies with allocations to serve persons with disabilities12
Hanover CSB

Henrico Area Mental Health and Retardation Services

Rappahannock-Rapidan CSB

Harrisonburg-Rockingham CSB (effective 1/1/2010 transferring to Harrisonburg RHA)

Agencies with Allocations to Serve Persons with Disabilities
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Map of Housing Agencies

Blue: VHDA Agencies 25%

Yellow: Other PHAs/Housing Agencies 75%

Red: No Local PHA/Housing Agency

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VHDA Areas of Operation

Green: VHDA

Yellow: Other PHA but no VHDA Voucher Families Living There

Red: No Families/No Voucher Agency

program income ranges
Distribution of IncomeProgram Income Ranges

37%: $5-10,000

21%: $10-15,000

current market and economy impact
Increased number of calls from families who need rental assistance

The average rental assistance payment is $586 per month; families are losing jobs and hours worked being reduced causing the average rental assistance to increase

VHDA voucher waiting list: @ 6,000 applicants

Increased number of calls from rental property owners who can’t rent their property and now will consider the voucher program

Current Market and Economy Impact
responsibilities of voucher holders
The family must:

Supply the HA with information regarding the family as requested

Allow the HA to inspect the unit

Notify the HA of absences from the unit and before moving

Responsibilities of Voucher Holders
responsibilities of voucher holders19
The family must:

Inform the HA of any changes in family composition

Provide the HA with any eviction notice from the owner

Pay utility bills and maintain appliances

Responsibilities of Voucher Holders
responsibilities of voucher holders20
Responsibilities of Voucher Holders

The family must not:

  • Have any interest in the unit
  • Commit lease violations or excessively damage the unit
  • Commit fraud
  • Engage in criminal activity or abuse drugs/alcohol
  • Sublease the unit
hud notice funding 4000 vouchers
Handouts regarding the 4000 vouchers to non-elderly disabled families

Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 118 / Monday, June 22, 2009 / Notices

“ACT NOW” Discussion for MFP grantees and HUD vouchers-Grantee Training Call on September 30, 2009

“Overview and Comments on HUD’s NOFA: Housing Vouchers for Non-Elderly Individuals with Disabilities”

Reminder Memo

HUD Notice Funding: 4000 Vouchers
hud notice of funding nofa 4000 vouchers
Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 118 / Monday, June 22, 2009 / Notices Non Elderly with Disablities (NED)

The funding has not been announced and HUD has stated it would be by the end of December

Public comments were permitted (July 13th) and now we are waiting for HUD to publish the methodology on how to apply for the funding

HUD Notice of Funding (NOFA) 4000 Vouchers
hud notice of funding nofa 4000 vouchers23
VHDA will be applying on behalf of our 35 agencies

VHDA’s expectation to receive vouchers is good but not a large number—maybe 25 vouchers under this funding notice

All of VHDA vouchers under this notice will be made available to the Money Follows the Person Program

We will apply for the maximum permitted under the notice

There are 2400 PHAs in the nation so the 4000 vouchers will not be available to all PHAs—there will be a ranking system with points assigned to the “winners”

HUD Notice of Funding (NOFA) 4000 Vouchers
hud notice of funding nofa 4000 vouchers24
Recommend you read the Overview and Comments on HUD’s NOFA: Housing Vouchers for Non-Elderly Individuals with Disabilities”

The “Overview” presentation provides information on how you as an partnering agency can help your PHA with the necessary information the PHA will need in order to apply for the funding (recommend reading Next Steps Pages 21-25)

Do expect based on public comments that the information will be revised so my presentation today does not review the NOFA in detail (recommend reading HUD Requests Comments Pages 9-18)

HUD Notice of Funding (NOFA) 4000 Vouchers
questions
Sharon.Fairburn@vhda.com

HCVP Director

804-343-5920 Phone

804-343-8390 Fax

Diana.Crosswhite@vhda.com

HCVP Policy Specialist

804-343-5858 Phone

804-343-8349 Fax

Questions?