The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) provides decent, safe and sanitary affordable rental housing for very low-income families throughout Jackson County. Housing is made affordable by assisting the family with a portion of the rent. A family pays approximately 30% of their monthly income for rent and Jackson County Housing Authority pays the remainder of the rent directly to the owner.

Projected wait times for the Housing Choice Voucher are between 4-5 years. The waiting time depends on the number of participants leaving the program and budgetary constraints.

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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV)

What are the different types of voucher programs?

Project Based Voucher is similar to the Section 8 Voucher in that participants will pay approximately 30% of their income toward rent and utilities however, with this program, the assistance is tied to a specific unit. The units are located in affordable housing developments throughout Jackson County. 

Since 1997, HAJC has been awarded special purpose voucher types to serve non-elderly (under age 62) persons with disabilities (NED). These NED vouchers enable non-elderly persons or families with disabilities to access affordable housing on the private rental market by paying a rental subsidy to the landlord. 

Only income eligible families whose non-elderly and disabled head of household, spouse or co-head may receive a NED voucher. Families with only a minor child with a disability are not eligible. Some NED vouchers are specific for non-elderly disabled individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living in an institutional setting. 

Applicants will be selected from the HCV waiting list as vouchers become available. Additional paperwork may be required.  

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have created a program called Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), or HUD-VASH, which distributes vouchers every year to eligible homeless and otherwise vulnerable U.S. armed forcesveterans. This program was created to pair HUD-funded vouchers with VA-funded services such as health care, counseling, and case management.  

Who can apply for the HCV program?

All individuals and families, regardless of age, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability, that meet the current income limits, may apply. At least one member of the applicant family must be a US citizen or possess eligible immigration status to qualify.

Jackson County Income Limits for Housing Choice Voucher Program

Income Limits (Effective 04/01/2020)
Household Size Very-Low
1 $22,800
2 $26,050
3 $29,300
4 $32,550
5 $35,200
6 $37,800
7 $40,400
8 $43,000

2019 Housing Authority of Jackson County HCV Administration Plan

This plan contains information about HAJC and its programs with an emphasis on the Housing Choice Voucher program. It also contains information about the purpose, intent, and use of the plan and guide. View the Admin Plan.

 

Voucher Payment Standard

 

Voucher Payment Standard

Voucher Payment Standards Effective 01/2021
0 Bedroom $799
1 Bedroom $866
2 Bedroom $1142
3 Bedroom $1505
4 Bedroom $1831

Portability

An eligible household than has been issued a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher may use that voucher to lease a unit anywhere in the United States where there is a public housing agency operating a Housing Choice Voucher program. This feature of the program is referred to as portability.

If you are currently on the Section 8 HCV program and wish to port your voucher to HAJC from another location, you must first contact your local housing agency and request a portability transfer to this area.

FAQ

Are you accepting new applications?

Currently, the waiting list for the Section 8 HCV program is open.

What are your eligibility requirements?

All individuals and families, regardless of age, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability, that meet the current income limits, may be eligible. At least one member of the applicant family must be a US citizen or possess eligible immigration status to qualify.

Income Limits (Effective 04/01/2021)
Household Size Very-Low
1 $23,950
2 $27,350
3 $30,750
4 $34,150
5 $36,900
6 $39,650
7 $42,350
8 $45,100

Where am I on the wait list?

HAJC cannot confirm your placement number on the wait list. Reaching the top of the wait list depends on a variety of things, including the date and time your application was received and funding.

How long will it take to receive a voucher?

The average wait for a voucher is approximately 3 to 4 years. We cannot predict when your name will reach the top of the waiting list.

What size bedroom will my family be eligible for under the HCV program?

HAJC calculates your bedroom size based on 2 people per bedroom regardless of age, gender, and relationship.

Can I transfer my voucher to HAJC?

An eligible household than has been issued a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher may use that voucher to lease a unit anywhere in the United States where there is a public housing agency operating a Housing Choice Voucher program. This feature of the program is referred to as portability.

If you are currently on the HCV program and wish to port your voucher to HAJC from another location, you must first contact your local housing agency and request a portability transfer to this area.

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HCV Participants
FAQ

When do I report changes in my income, job or family living situation?

As an HCV program participant, you are responsible to report all changes if your income and household composition within 10 business days of the change. All reporting must be done in writing by completing a Section 8 Change Report.

Can I move with my voucher?

Yes, you may move with you voucher if you meet the qualifications for moving. The “Guide to Moving” will provide you with the guidance necessary to start the move process. If you have any questions, contact your case coordinator.

Can I move to another county or state with my voucher?

Yes, you may transfer your HCV to another county or state if you are in good standing with HAJC to move. If you wish to Port Out (transfer), you must contact your Case Coordinator to determine if you are eligible to port.

Landlord

Landlords are the backbone of the Housing Choice Voucher Program. By providing families with an opportunity to obtain housing they can afford, it provides not only a roof over their head, but stability for their family and a sense of hope for the future.

The Housing Authority of Jackson County is committed to ensuring that participating in the Housing Choice Voucher program is just as easy (if not easier) than renting to non-voucher holders. Becoming a Housing Choice Voucher landlord brings you the following benefits:

  • Guaranteed rental payments from the Housing Authority through direct deposit
  • An annual inspection of your property
  • Access to information about applicant’s rental history and past inspection results
  • An ally who will help hold families accountable and remind them of their obligations under the program regulations
  • The knowledge that you’re making a positive difference in your community

This guide will explain in greater detail how the program works for you as a landlord and what your obligations are under the Housing Choice Voucher program. The contract you will enter into with the Housing Authority is here.  In order to be approved for this program, a rental unit must first pass an HQS inspection. This list of common fail items will help you prepare your unit for the inspection.

House Bill 2639
Effective January 1, 2014, it is illegal to deny someone’s application to rent based solely on the fact that the applicant is a Housing Choice Voucher participant. To read more about this new law or the Landlord Guarantee Program through the State of Oregon, follow these links:

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013R1/Measures/Overview/HB2639

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Fraud Reporting

If you suspect someone is fraudulently receiving rental assistance, you can contact Jennifer Jennings HCV Program Director at (541) 779-5785 ext. 1010 – jennifer@hajc.net
Fraudulent activity may include:
• Unreported income
• Unreported people in the household
• Drug use
• Criminal activity; or
• Violence