The Housing Choice Voucher Program, formerly known as Section 8, assists low-income families by providing additional housing options through the private rental market. Families that qualify may select a rental unit, privately owned, and operated. All rental units must meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Quality Standards (HQS). Once the family and landlord application and HCV program process is complete, the HAJP will subsidize landlords based on an amount equal to the difference between 30 percent of the family’s adjusted income and the payment standard for the area (local). In all instances, the rent must be reasonable and comparable to similar units on the open market.
The HAJP Homeownership Program was created to assist public housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) participants to become first-time homebuyers. Through referrals, HAJP participants are provided technical and financial assistance to assist with transitioning from the public housing or the HCV Programs to becoming a homeowner.
The homeownership process begins with an assessment to determine if a participant is mortgage-readiness. Once a mortgage-ready determination has been made, the home buying process may begin.
"To promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment free from discrimination."