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Housing Authority of South Bend FAQs (frequently-asked questions)



Category: Main -> Section 8


Question
·  What is Section 8
·  How many vouchers does the Housing Authority of South Bend have and how are these issued?
·  What is the status of the Section 8 Waiting List?
·  What are the Responsibilities within the HASB Section 8 Program?
·  How Will the Housing Authority Determine My Unit Size?

Answer
·  What is Section 8

The HASB Section 8 Rental Assistance Program is designed to assist eligible low and moderate-income families throughout South Bend pay their rent. Participants pay approximately 30% of their adjusted gross income to the landlord for rent. The balance of the contract rent is paid by the Housing Authority in the form of a subsidy directly to the owner of the property.

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·  How many vouchers does the Housing Authority of South Bend have and how are these issued?

The HASB Section 8 Program has the authority to issue up to 2124 vouchers. However, given the constraints that Congress has placed o­n all Section 8 programs by refusing to fully fund all Section 8 vouchers, the HASB is capped at spending $11.5 million dollars per year. At times, depending o­n several continually changing variables of the program, this may mean that HASB has to reduce the number of participants in the program. The HASB Section 8 Program is continually trying to balance two competing priorities. We try and assist as many participants as is made possible by Congress and yet make that assistance level meaningful in the South Bend rental housing market.

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·  What is the status of the Section 8 Waiting List?

The Section 8 Waiting List is now closed.

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·  What are the Responsibilities within the HASB Section 8 Program?

The HASB Section 8 Housing Program is a three way partnership between the Housing Authority, the family, and the owner or landlord of the housing unit.

The Housing Authority’s Responsibilities

Review all applications to determine whether an applicant is eligible for the program.

Explain the rules of the programs to all families who qualify.

Issue a Voucher to the qualifying families.

Approve the unit, the owner, and the lease.

Make Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) to the owner in a timely manner.

Ensure that both the family and unit continue to qualify for the program.

Ensure that owner and families comply with the program rules.

Provide families and owners with prompt and professional service.

The Family’s Responsibilities

Provide the Housing Authority with complete and accurate information.

Give your best effort to find a place to live that is suitable for your family and qualifies for the program.

Cooperate in attending all appointments scheduled by the Housing Authority.

Take responsibility for the general care and housekeeping of your housing unit.

Comply with the terms of your lease with the owner.

Comply with the Family Obligations o­n your Voucher.

The Owner’s Responsibilities

Interview families who apply to determine if they will be good renters.

Comply with fair housing laws and not discriminate against any family.

Maintain the housing unit by making the necessary repairs in a timely manner.

Comply with the terms of the Housing Assistance Contract with the Housing Authority.

Collect the rent due by the family and otherwise enforce the lease.

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·  How Will the Housing Authority Determine My Unit Size?

HUD requires that the Housing Authority establish subsidy standards. These standards are used to determine the appropriate number of bedrooms for families of different sizes and different compositions. The subsidy standards take into consideration factors such as the total number of persons in the family, the age and sex of the persons, and the relationships of the persons.

These standards help us make the best use of the funds HUD provides for housing costs, and to avoid overcrowding. The unit size for which you have been approved for is indicated o­n your Voucher. Listed are just some of the factors that help determine your unit size.

The age of your family members.

The sex of your family members.

The number of family members.

The relationships between family members.

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