Requirements and Process
After reviewing eligibility requirements above, you can apply for Assisted Housing Programs and Public Housing Program through our online portal by accessing the pre-application selecting Apply for Housing Voucher icon on our home page. The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (previously known as “Section 8”) is currently closed but does open periodically. Available programs accepting applications may be viewed upon registering on the applicant portal.
You must have a valid email address & phone number to be able to register through our application portal.
You may submit an pre-application for any wait list that is currently open, although some waiting lists will require you to meet certain criteria to qualify for assistance.
Wait times for assistance can range from two to four years.
At this time, HOME does not offer emergency shelter. Organizations outside of HOME offer immediate assistance for anyone experiencing homelessness or domestic violence.
AFTER YOU REGISTER & APPLY
Please keep your personal contact information up to date. When your pre-application reaches the top of the waitlist, you will be notified by regular mail. If we are unable to contact you due to a change of address, you will be removed from the waitlist and you will need to reapply. After applying, you are required to update any changes in your name, address, phone number, email address, income and family size. All changes must be completed in the Applicant Portal.
FINAL APPLICATION & SCREENING PROCESS
When an applicant’s name reaches the top of the waitlist, they will receive a letter with instructions on how to begin the eligibility process. Information provided to HOME by the applicant will be verified for accuracy and eligibility. At that time, you will need to provide required documents detailed in your letter of instructions.
As part of the eligibility process, applicants are required to attend an orientation before receiving housing assistance. The orientation will serve to educate families on program rules and expectations, how to be a successful program participant, tips on navigating program procedures and more.
Similar to the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program provides rental assistance to eligible, low-income families at an assigned, privately-owned unit under the Project Based Voucher Program.
Tenants pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities. HOME enters into a long-term Housing Assistance Payments contract with the property owner to pay the remaining rent balance on behalf of the family.