Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

 

Section 8: How do I apply? What does the application process entail?

The Section 8 Program at the Rockland County Housing Choice Voucher Program is a lottery-based process. The dates of the lottery are announced in public notices, affordable housing websites, the DSS website and social media posts. The last lottery was held in November 2018.

When the opening of a wait list is announced, you will be given instructions to file online.  If you require a reasonable accommodation, please call our office at 845-364-3330 or email .

An applicant is chosen by lottery and each applicant will be advised of their number by mail. Each year you will receive correspondence to confirm your continued interest in staying on the list. Any changes you have, must be reported at that time. Once a voucher is available and your number is reached, you will be contacted by mail and introduced to the application process.  Your meeting will be either in person or virtually with a staff Community Builder.  At this meeting, an eligibility determination will be made regarding your eligibility in this program. If you are determined eligible, a voucher will be issued to you. This voucher is used for affordable housing that you have located.

Rockland Housing Choice Voucher Program is a Local Administrator for our PHA – NYS Homes and Community Renewal:  https://hcr.ny.gov/

Rockland Housing Choice Voucher Team:                         845-364-3330      Fax: 845-364-3222

Jennifer Reilly  Coordinator   845-364-3949 reillyj@co.rockland.ny.us
Marshley Leroy  Community Builder   845-364-3938  leroym@co.rockland.ny.us
Janet Marsalisi  Community Builder/FSS Coord.  845-364-3947 marsalij@co.rockland.ny.us
Rafael Estrella  Community Builder  845-364-3941  estrellr@co.rockland.ny.us
Elaine Huzzar  Community Builder  845-364-3948 huzzare@co.rockland.ny.us
Krista Cardillo   Housing Program Assistant  845-364-3330 cardillk@co.rockland.ny.us

 

Rockland Housing Choice Voucher Program (RHCVP):

  • Section 8 Tenant Based Vouchers – "Housing Choice Vouchers"
  • Home Ownership Vouchers
  • Family Self Sufficiency Program

The program is geared to increase affordable housing choices for families with income below 50% of the area median income.  Families with a tenant-based voucher are responsible for choosing safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing that meets HUDS's Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and has a reasonable rent as compared to other units in the area.


Landlord Information:

The Housing Assistance Payments Contract will give Landlords a brief overview of the responsibilities of the Tenant, Landlord and the Rockland Housing Choice Voucher Program.  Please note, we only start contracts on the 1st and 15th of the month.  This program does not pay security deposits.  RHCVP will pay a portion of a Tenant's rent, approximately 30% of their gross income towards rent.  The Tenant is responsible for the balance.  All payments will be sent directly to the Landlord on the 1st of each month.  We strongly suggest you sign up for direct deposit, otherwise your payment will be mailed.

Once you have decided to rent your Unit to one of our tenants, you must complete and return the Request for Tenancy packet to our office with all the requested documentation. The packet will be reviewed and when deemed complete, an inspection will be scheduled.  All units must meet HUD's Housing Quality Standards (HQS) prior to occupancy.  Attached you will find a summary of what will be inspected.

HQS Move-in Inspection Checklist document

HAP blank contract

 

For any payment history information:

https://apps.hcr.ny.gov/Section8Payments/

You need your Landlord ID #; last 4 digits of your Tax ID #; and County #044.

GoSection8.com is a free service for Landlords to list their property to assist Tenants in finding their listing.  Landlords also can search thousands of Tenant leads.  The website has more than one million website hits daily!

https://www.gosection8.com 

Phone: 1-866-466-7328  

                                                                    

New Owner Assignment Packet


Forms:

 


Wait List:

Waiting List is currently closed.

Important:  If you are a current applicant on the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List, the Rockland County Housing Choice Voucher Program cannot disclose your current position number on the wait list.  You will be notified annually of your position number on the list. If you are currently on the wait list, please be sure to complete the Wait List Change Request form if your address or household composition changes and return it to the DSS Section 8 office.

Contact Us at:

Phone:  845-364-3330

Fax: 845-364-3222

Email:


Family Self Sufficiency Program:

The Statewide Housing Choice Voucher Program administers the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) which helps Housing Choice Voucher recipients achieve economic independence.

The primary objective of the FSS Program, administered under the supervision of the US Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD), is to provide opportunities to low-income Section 8 families for education, job training, counseling and other forms of social service assistance, so they may obtain the education, employment and business and social skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

The New York State Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) FSS Program began as a demonstration program in 1992 with approximately 100 participant families in six counties.  It is now a successful statewide program administered via HCR's Local Administration (LA Network in over thirty counties, with a current enrollment of more than 1,500 families.  To date, more than 2,000 families have successfully completed and graduated from HCR's Statewide FSS Program.

How Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) works:

Each FSS Program combines stable, affordable housing, usually with case management services provided by the local FSS Coordinator to support participants in accessing the services needed to achieve self-sufficiency.  Participation is voluntary and available to families who currently receive assistance from HCR's Section 9 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

The FSS Programs objectives include:

  • Providing FSS resources to all Section 8 families that desire to become economically independent.
  • Establishing working partnerships with public and private agencies to gain access to activities and supportive services needed by program participants to successfully complete contracted goals.
  • Addressing service issues that are identified as barriers to FSS families becoming economically self-sufficient.
  • Providing FSS families with a service plan based on their strengths and needs with realistic outcomes.
  • Implementing a case management system with the FSS Coordinator's support that will encourage and support FSS families to become self- sufficient.
  • Providing ongoing evaluation to address program effectiveness.  Goal achievement and asset building are important elements of successful program completion.  Once enrolled, FSS participant families are required to develop a 5-year individual training and service plan that charts steps needed to achieve mutually identified goals.  Goals may include, for example, obtaining a GED or college degree, gaining employment, or finding a new job with higher earnings, starting a business, or buying a home via participation in the HCR Section 8 Homeownership Program.  The family successfully completes the FSS Program when all obligations under the FSS Contract of Participation are fulfilled on or before the expiration of the contract term.

If interested:  Please contact Janet Marsalisi in writing:  Rockland Housing Choice Voucher Program at


Homeownership Voucher:

Participants in the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program can convert their tenant-based voucher, if eligible, to the Homeownership Voucher Program.  The basic premise of the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program is that instead of using voucher subsidy to help a family pay rent, the voucher subsidy is provided to help a first-time homeowner meet monthly homeownership expenses.

Families must meet HCVP requirements:

  • First time homeowner or cooperative member.
  • Minimum income requirement.
  • Employment requirement.
  • Homeownership counseling.
  • Down payment requirement.
  • In good standing with the Section 8 tenant-based program for at least one year.
  • Family Self Sufficiency participant (Optional).

 

The prospective home must pass an initial Housing Quality Standard inspection conducted by the housing agency and an independent home inspection before the Housing Agency may approve the purchase by the family.  The voucher will be good for a maximum period of 15 years if the initial mortgage incurred to finance purchase of the home has a term that is 20 years or longer.  In all other cases, the maximum term of the homeownership assistance is 10 years. Elderly and disabled families are exempt from a time limit for homeownership assistance.  If your Section 8 subsidy is terminated for any reason (including if the family earns too much money for continued assistance), the family is responsible for the entire mortgage payment.  You will continue to have your annual recertification every year if you remain on the program.  If you are a current Rockland Section 8 participant interested in Homeownership, please contact us at 845-364-3330.


Homeownership Counseling:

Rockland County Housing Action Coalition

120-126 N. Main Street

New City, NY  10956

845-708-5799

http://rhachomes.org/

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