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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

SECTION 8

1. If you are emancipated through the court system are you eligible for Section 8?
Answer: No must be 18 years of age.

2. Do single individuals with no children qualify for Section 8?
Answer: Yes - both male and female single individuals can qualify for Section 8.


3. How much is a 1,2,3,4,5, bedroom voucher worth? Answer: The voucher has no dollar amount attached to it. Rental assistance is based on the household income. The voucher is only a document that says that you are eligible for assistance through the housing choice voucher program.

4. Where am I on the waiting list?
Answer: It depends on preference and length of time. The answer can change daily. PHA is not allowed to tell someone where he or she is on the waiting list because of these changes.

5. Is the FSS program for everyone?
Answer: No only public housing and section 8 residents.

6. How long does the program last?
Answer: This is a 5 Year program a 2 Year extension can be granted if approved within specific requirements.

7. Can I take money out of my escrow account for whatever I want or need personally?
Answer: No you can only make disbursements from your account if they have to do with obtaining your goal and continuing your education.

8. Can you apply for Section 8 any time?
Answer: No. The wait list is opened and closed at specific times.

9. Where can I find out when you will be accepting applications for Section 8 again?
Answer: It will be posted in the PJ Star or Channel 5. Various shelters will also be informed. You can also click here.

10. Do you have to have income to apply for Section 8?
Answer: 1. Employment-must be employed for 6 months
2. Student-enrolled or attending full time
3. Disabled –head of household of member or household
4. Economic self-efficiency program

11. What disqualifies you from being placed on the list?
Answer: You cannot owe money to a housing authority. You cannot be a sex offender and must pass a criminal background check.


PUBLIC HOUSING

1. What programs do we have for Income Based Housing?
Answer: Regular public housing (income requirements)
Housing Incentive Program or HIP- This is our scattered sites program and the programs requirements will also be mandatory for all new housing units being built. To qualify, residents must:
· Be able to obtain utilities in their own name (gas & water).
· Be employed at least 20 hours per week and attend school 20 hours, OR
· Be employed at least 32 hours per week.
· Have a good history paying rent
· You may also qualify for the program if you are disabled.

HOPLIF- Homeownership Program

2. What are the qualifications for these programs and how do you apply?
Answer: Make sure you have the correct documents and visit us at the Peoria Housing Authority:
100 S. Richard Pryor Place Peoria Il, 61605.

3. Do we have an application online?
Answer: Yes. It is printable online, but you must fill it out and return it in person or by fax.

4. Where am I on the waiting list?
Answer: It depends on preference and length of time. The answer can change daily. PHA is not allowed to tell someone where he or she is on the waiting list because of these changes.

5. What disqualifies you from being placed on the list?
Answer: You cannot owe money to a housing authority. You cannot be a sex offender and must pass a criminal background check.

6. How is my rent calculated?
Answer: We take your gross household income - this includes TANF wages and all contributions in the home. We then calculate the adjusted annual income. Rent is 30% of that number.

7. Explain how your community services program works?
Answer: If you are at minimum rent you are required by HUD regulations to complete 8 hours of community service. This can be completed at the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls club or a local church Harrison offers work on site.

8. How will you determine who is eligible for the new housing development?
Answer: The Applicants\Residents have to be fully employed and or going to school or both and have the ability to have Cilco and water put in their name.

9. What is RAB?
Answer: RAB stands for Resident Advisory Board. The purpose is to educate the residents and inform them of the importance of the role they play. Our residents have a voice for all decisions made and its important to receive their input and guidance.


10. Do you offer emergency housing?
Answer: No because we have to do all necessary background checks and the process can be time consuming. There are various shelters in the area that offer emergency housing.
 

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