Navigating the Housing Maze: Your Guide to HACY’s Section 8 Program

Finding affordable housing can be a daunting task, but the Housing Authority of the City of Yuma (HACY) is here to help. If you’re in need of housing assistance, HACY’s Section 8 program might be the solution you’re looking for. In this blog, we’ll explore the various aspects of HACY’s Section 8 program, from application procedures to family obligations and even guidance for landlords. Let’s dive in and learn how HACY can assist you in securing safe and affordable housing.

How to Apply for HACY’s Section 8 Program

If you’re seeking housing assistance through HACY’s Section 8 program, the application process is the first step. Here’s what you need to know:

  • All families must complete an online application.
  • Regularly update your application with any changes in your address, phone number, or family composition.
  • If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodations, contact HACY for special arrangements.

The online application process involves completing the application, review, and confirmation. If you don’t receive confirmation within 20 business days, contact HACY for assistance. Keep in mind that undeliverable mail correspondence can lead to removal from the waiting list.

Family Obligations in the Section 8 Program

When participating in the Section 8 program, it’s crucial for all family members to adhere to certain obligations. These obligations ensure that you remain eligible for the program. Here are some of the key obligations:

  • Reporting all income changes during annual re-examinations.
  • Reporting changes, such as a loss or reduction of income.
  • Providing information necessary for program administration.
  • Maintaining the rental unit in compliance with Housing Quality Standards.
  • Complying with the lease without serious or repeated violations.
  • Submitting a 30-day notice before vacating the unit or terminating the lease.

It’s essential to adhere to these obligations to continue receiving housing assistance.

Portability in the Section 8 Program

Portability allows families to move their housing assistance from one jurisdiction to another. To be eligible for portability, you must be a participant in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. Here’s an overview of the portability process, both into and out of the City of Yuma:

Portability Process – Out of the City of Yuma

  • The family must have had legal residence in the jurisdiction of HACY at the time of placement on the Section 8 waiting list or must have received housing assistance from HACY for at least one year.

Portability Process – Into the City of Yuma

  • Notify your current Housing Authority of your intention to port to HACY.
  • Submit a Portability Request form to HACY.

The transition process involves receiving a portability packet, completing an application, finding a suitable unit, and scheduling an inspection. Please note that certain eligibility criteria and restrictions may apply to portability.

Information for Landlords

HACY’s Section 8 program offers benefits for landlords as well. By renting to families with Section 8 vouchers, you can enjoy guaranteed, on-time monthly subsidy payments and protection from financial loss in case of tenant hardships. Here’s what you need to know:

  • All units must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection before subsidy begins.
  • You must screen prospective tenants for suitability.
  • Complete a Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) when renting to a Section 8 family.
  • Sign a Housing Assistance Payments Contract (HAP) with HACY.
  • Federal law prohibits renting to family members or close relatives in the program.

Additionally, landlords can benefit from the convenience of direct deposit and access the landlord portal for easy management.

Reasonable Accommodations

If you or a family member has a disability and requires specific accommodations, you can request reasonable accommodations. These may include modifications to rules, changes in communication methods, or alterations to your home. HACY is committed to assisting those with disabilities in accessing suitable housing.

Conclusion

Housing assistance is within reach with HACY’s Section 8 program. Whether you’re an applicant, a program participant, or a landlord, HACY provides valuable resources and support to navigate the housing maze. Remember, affordable housing is not just a dream; it’s a reality through HACY’s dedicated services.

For more information and specific details, visit the Housing Authority of the City of Yuma’s website or contact them at (928) 782-3823. Don’t let housing challenges hold you back; let HACY help you find your place to call home.

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