Vouchers Participants

Q. What is a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)?
A. The Housing Choice Voucher program allows a family of low to moderate income to rent an apartment or house anywhere in the community.

Q. Is the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list open?
A. The Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Please check back for future waiting list updates.

Q. How will I know when the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list opens again?
A. We will place an ad in the Public Notice section in the Frederick News Post and also have it posted on our website. You can also call the Main Office at 301-662-8173.

Q. Where am I on the waiting list?
A. Our system DOES NOT have a number system. We can only tell you if you are still on the list or not. Please call the main office at 301-662-8173 to check status.

Q. How will I know if I am at the top of the list?
A. We will contact you through the mail and request verification information if you come to the top of the list. WE WILL NOT CALL YOU. Please make sure your mailing address is up to date in our system at all times.

Q. How long will I have to be on the waiting list for a Housing Choice Voucher?
A. Depending upon your preferences selected on the application and funding available, wait could be six (6) months to six (6) years or longer.

Q. What if I move while on the waiting list?
A. You can change your address online or fill out a Change Form. You can print out a Change Form here. Change forms can also be obtained anytime during regular business hours at the front desk at the HACF main office.

Q. What if I want to add or remove someone from my application?
A. You would need to fill out a Change Form. You will need to know social security(s) of the person(s) you want to add or remove. You can print out a Change Form here.

Q. Can you mail me a change form?
A. We do not mail Change Forms. You can print out a Change Form here. Change forms can also be obtained anytime during regular business hours at the front desk at the HACF main office.

Q. How long will I keep the voucher?
A. As long as your income is not sufficient for you to pay 100% of your rent and utilities, you have not violated the program’s rules and funding is available, you will keep the voucher indefinitely.

Portability

Q. Are we absorbing or billing for Housing Choice Vouchers?
A. We are currently BILLING. We also calculate bedroom sizes differently than many other housing authorities.

If you are interested in porting your voucher to Frederick City, please contact your existing housing authority to see if you can port your voucher. Only your existing housing authority can decide if you can port to us. The current payment standards are below. NOTE: We calculate bedroom size differently than other housing authorities. For more information on bedroom size please call 301-662-8173.

Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards (effective 10/01/2016):

0 Bedroom $1,296
1 Bedroom $1,362
2 Bedroom $1,571
3 Bedroom $2,070
4 Bedroom $2,570
5 Bedroom $2,955
6 Bedroom $3,398

(Set at 90% of the Fair Market Rent)
To compute additional Bedroom Sizes, multiply previous Bedroom Size by 1.15

Q. When will I get my new voucher paperwork?
A. Once we receive your information from your existing housing authority, we will mail you a personal declaration packet. This packet must be completed and returned to us before we can schedule your intake meeting. You will receive your new voucher paperwork at your intake meeting.

Q. What is an intake meeting?
A. The HACF will review your responsibilities as a voucher holder, tell you the amount of rent you should look for and issue your voucher.

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