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Housing Choice Voucher Program

Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) is a HUD-subsidized rental assistance program for individuals and families who meet the income guideline limits.  This program enables the recipient to secure housing in the private market pending qualifications, requirements, policies and regulations are met. Individuals and families are required to reside in Jo Daviess County for the initial year of program participation.

Eligibility Guidelines

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is limited to low-income families and individuals. A Public Housing Authority (PHA) determines your eligibility based on: 1) annual gross income; 2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and 3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. If you are eligible, the PHA will verify the information on your application. The  PHA will deny admission to program for any false information found during the verification of application information.










Housing Choice Voucher Applicants must not exceed the very low-income (50%) limit for their family size in order to be considered eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher Programs. Very Low income families are defined as families whose incomes do not exceed 50% of the median family income for Jo Daviess County. For example in the above chart, in order to qualify for assisted housing for Jo Daviess County, a family of four would need to have an income that did not exceed $38,100 per year.

Housing Choice Voucher Program Applicants must fall within the Very Low (50%) income limits as published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Some families may qualify if they are Low-Income under these circumstances:

  1. A low-income family that is “continuously assisted” under the 1937 Housing Act;

  2. A low-income family physically displaced by rental rehabilitation activity under 24 CFR 511;

  3. A low-income non-purchasing family residing in a HOPE I (HOPE for Public and Indian Housing Homeownership) or HOPE 2 (HOPE for Multifamily Units) Project;

  4. A low-income non-purchasing family residing in a project subject to a homeownership program under 24 CFR 248.173; or

  5. A low-income family displaced as a result of the prepayment of a mortgage or voluntary termination of a mortgage insurance contract under 24 CFR 248.165.

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