The Housing Authority of the County of Butte (HACB), a non-profit public agency incorporated in 1946, assists low and moderate income residents of Butte County to secure and maintain high quality affordable housing.Subsidized housing is provided to families, seniors and disabled individuals whose income is between 50% and 80% of median area income.
Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to rent decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the open market. The Housing Choice voucher program places the choice of housing in the hands of the individual family. A very low-income family who has been selected by the HA to participate is encouraged to consider several housing choices to secure the best rental housing for its needs.
This program offers affordable, decent and safe housing in open market rentals selected by HCV holders. The Housing Authority is currently under contract to assist 1,955 extremely low and very low income households.Participants in this program pay rent according to their income and directly from open market landlords. A family is able to move from place to place with their HCV within Butte County, or other locations where the program is administered.The Housing Authority makes subsidy payments to the landlords, annually inspects the unit for compliance with HUD standards and, pursuant to the contract, requires the owners to maintain their rentals in accordance with the standards over the contract period.
Under the Housing Choice voucher program, a family may choose a unit that rents for more than the payment standard and may pay more or less than 30% of its monthly adjusted gross income for rent. The HA calculates the maximum amount of rental assistance allowable, which is the difference between the payments standard and 30% of the family's monthly adjusted gross income, and pays rental assistance. The amount of rental assistance paid by the HA changes with the payment standard while the amount the tenant pays varies with the actual rent. For example, if a family locates a unit that rents below the payment standard, the family would pay less than 30% of its monthly adjusted gross income for rent. On the other hand, if a family decides to rent a unit above the payment standard, it would pay over 30% of its monthly adjusted gross income for rent. The family's rent share also changes when its income or family circumstances change. New Voucher holder may not pay over 40% of their income towards rent.
Public housing is limited to income qualified families and individuals. An HA determines your eligibility based on:
- Annual gross income;
- Whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and
- U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status.
If you are eligible, the HA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. The Housing Authority will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project's environment.
Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is an initiative enacted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a part of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990. The program assists Housing Choice Voucher families achieve economic independence. The FSS program links participants with the education, job training, counseling, and other services necessary for them to become employed and to earn self-sufficient wages so they no longer need to rely on governmental financial assistance.The Family Self-Sufficiency program works with support agencies throughout Butte County to help families develop strengths, skills and experiences necessary to achieve economic independence.
Eligibility for a rental voucher is determined by the HA based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family's income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. During the application process, the HA will collect information on family income, assets, and family composition. The HA will verify this information with other local agencies, your employer and bank, and will use the information to determine program eligibility and the amount of the rental assistance payment.
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