HCV ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Before an applicant is actually given a Voucher and related leasing papers, their eligibility to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program must be determined. Eligibility criteria include: Citizenship, Income Requirements, Background Checks, Disability/Handicapped, Veterans, and/or 62 or older.
Verification of Citizenship or Eligible Non-citizen Status
The citizenship/ eligible non-citizen status of each family member regardless of age must be determined.
Prior to being admitted, all citizens and nationals will be required to sign a declaration under penalty of perjury. (They will be required to show proof of their status by such means as Social Security card, birth certificate, military ID or military DD 214 Form.)
Prior to being admitted, all eligible non--citizens who are 62 years of age or older will be required to sign a declaration under penalty of perjury. They will also be required to show proof of age.
Upon application, all eligible non-citizens must sign a declaration of their status and a verification consent form and provide their original INS documentation. The St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will make a copy of the individual's INS documentation and place the copy in the file. The St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority also will verify their status through the INS SAVE system. If the INS SAVE system cannot confirm eligibility, the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will mail information to the INS so a manual check can be made of INS records.
Family members who do not claim to be citizens, nationals or eligible non-citizens, or whose status cannot be confirmed, must be listed on a statement of non-eligible members and the list must be signed by the head of the household.
Non-citizen students on student visas, though in the country legally, are not eligible to be admitted to the Section 8 Program.
Any family member who does not choose to declare there status must be listed on the statement of non-eligible members.
If no family member is determined to be eligible under this Section, the family's admission will be denied.
If the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority determines that a family member has knowingly permitted an ineligible non-citizen (other than any ineligible non-citizens listed on the lease) to permanently reside in their Section 8 unit, the family’s assistance will be terminated. Such family will not be eligible to be readmitted to Section 8 for a period of 24 months from the date of termination.
CITIZENSHIP/ELIGIBLE IMMIGRANT STATUS
To be eligible each member of the family must be a citizen, national, or a non-citizen who has eligible immigration status under one of the categories set forth in Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980 (see 42 U.S.C. 1436a(a)).
Family eligibility for assistance: A family shall not be eligible for assistance unless every member of the family residing in the unit is determined to have eligible status, with the exception noted below.
Despite the ineligibility of one or more family members, a mixed family may be eligible for one of three types of assistance. (See Section 11.5 (F) for calculating rents under the non-citizen rule).
A family without any eligible members and receiving assistance on June 19, 1995 may be eligible for temporary deferral of termination of assistance.
Verification of Social Security Numbers
Prior to admission, each family member who has a Social Security Number and who is at least six years of age must provide verification of his or her Social Security Number. New family members at least six years of age must provide this verification prior to being added to the lease. Children in assisted households must provide this verification at the first regular reexamination after turning six.
The best verification of the Social Security Number is the original Social Security card. If the card is not available, the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will accept letters from Social Security that establish and state the number. Documentation from other governmental agencies will also be accepted that establish and state the number. Driver's license, military ID, passports, or other official documents that establish and state the number are also acceptable.
If an individual states that they do not have a Social Security Number they will be required to sign a statement to this effect. The St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will not require any individual who does not have a Social Security Number to obtain a Social Security Number.
If a member of an applicant family indicates they have a Social Security Number, but cannot readily verify it, the family cannot be assisted until verification is provided.
If a member of a tenant family indicates they have a Social Security Number, but cannot readily verify it, they shall be asked to certify to this fact and shall up to 60 days to provide the verification. If the individual is at least 62 years of age, they will be given 120 days to provide the verification. If the individual fails to provide the verification within the time allowed, the family will be denied assistance or will have their assistance terminated.
An applicant will not be given a Voucher if they have a criminal background that is in conflict with program policies. A criminal background check will be conducted at the time the applicant comes to the top of the waiting list.
The following Crime Free Policy is in effect for all HRA administered housing. VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY SHALL BE A MATERIAL VIOLATION AND GOOD CAUSE FOR TERMINATION OF TENANCY, INCLUDING LOSS OFYOUR SECTION 8 VOUCHER.
ZERO TOLERANCE OF VIOLENT AND DRUG RELATED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
IT IS THE POLICY OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY THAT VIOLENT AND DRUG-RELATED CRIME WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN ANY HOUSING ADMINISTERED BY THE HRA
THIS POLICY REFLECTS A ZERO TOLERANCE OF VIOLENCE AND POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS AS OUTLINED BELOW.
In consideration of the execution or renewal of a lease of the dwelling unit identified in the lease, the Owner and Resident agree to the following:
Resident, any members of the resident(s) household or a guest or other person under the resident(s) control shall not engage in illegal activity, including drug-related illegal activity, on or near the said premises. Drug-related illegal activity means the illegal manufacture, sale, distribution, purchase, use or possession with intent to manufacture, sell, distribute, or use of a controlled substance (as defined in Section 102 or the Controlled Substance Act [21 U.S.C. 802]) or possession of drug paraphernalia.
Resident, any member of the resident(s) household or a guest or other person under the resident(s) control shall not engage in any act intended to facilitate illegal activity, including drug-related illegal activity, on or near the said premises.
Resident or members of the household will not permit the dwelling to be used for or to facilitate illegal activity, including drug-related illegal activity, regardless of whether the individual engaging in such activity is a member of the household.
Resident or members of the household will not engage in the manufacture, sale or distribution of illegal drugs at any locations, whether on or near the dwelling unit premises or otherwise.
Resident, any member of the resident(s) household, or a guest or other person under the resident(s) control shall not engage in acts of violence or threats of violence, including, but not limited to, the unlawful discharge of firearms, prostitution, criminal street gang activity, intimidation, or any other breach of the rental agreement that otherwise jeopardizes the health, safety or welfare of the landlord, his agents or Residents.
VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY SHALL BE A MATERIAL VIOLATION AND GOOD CAUSE FOR TERMINATION OF TENANCY, INCLUDING LOSS OF SECTION 8 VOUCHER.
Under the Section 8 Voucher Program there is no preference given to an applicant with a disability. They will be placed on the Waiting List in the date order in which they apply like any other applicant.
There is no preference given to veterans under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
62 OR OLDER
Under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program there is no preference given to an applicant who is aged 62 or older. They will be placed on the waiting list in the date order in which they apply like any other applicant.
HCV Rules & Restrictions
It is the policy of the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority to comply fully with all Federal, State, and local nondiscrimination laws; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations governing Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
No person shall, on the ground of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, disability, age, familial status, sex, or sexual orientation be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority housing programs.
To further its commitment to full compliance with applicable Civil Rights laws, the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will provide Federal/State/Local information to applicants for and participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program regarding discrimination and any recourse available to them if they believe they may be victims of discrimination. Such information will be made available with the application, and all applicable Fair Housing Information and Discrimination Complaint Forms will be made available at the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority office. In addition, all written information and advertisements will contain the appropriate Equal Opportunity language and logo.
The St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will assist any family that believes they have suffered illegal discrimination by providing to them copies of the housing discrimination form. The St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will also assist them in completing the form, if requested, and will provide them with the address of the nearest HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
RIGHT TO PRIVACY
All adult members of both applicant and participant households are required to sign HUD Form 9886 Authorization for Release of Information and Privacy Act Notice. The Authorization for Release of Information and Privacy Act Notice states how family information will be released and includes the Federal Privacy Act Statement.
Any request for applicant or participant information will not be released unless there is a signed release of information request from the applicant or participant.
An applicant will not be given a Housing Choice Voucher if they have a criminal background that is in conflict with program policies. A criminal background check will be conducted at the time the applicant comes to the top of the waiting list. A Crime Free Policy is in effect for all HRA administered housing. VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY SHALL BE A MATERIAL VIOLATION AND GOOD CAUSE FOR TERMINATION OF TENANCY, INCLUDING LOSS OF YOUR SECTION 8 VOUCHER.
The St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will verify information related to waiting list preferences, eligibility, admission and level of benefits prior to admission. Periodically during occupancy, items related to eligibility and rent determination shall also be reviewed and verified. Income, assets, and expenses will be verified, as well as disability status, need for a live-in aide and other reasonable accommodations, full time student status of family members 18 years of age and older, Social Security numbers, citizenship/eligible non-citizen status. Age and relationship will only be verified in those instances where needed to make a determination of level of assistance.
HCV WAITING LIST
THE HOUSING AUTHORITY MAY CLOSE THE WAITING LIST BECAUSE IT HAS A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF APPLICANTS IT CAN SERVE IN A REASONABLE PERIOD OF TIME ON THE LIST. THE LIST IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.
Families wishing to apply for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program will be required to complete an application for housing assistance. When the waiting list is open, completed applications will be accepted from all applicants. The St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will later verify the information in the applications relevant to the applicant’s eligibility, admission, and level of benefit.
Persons with disabilities who require a reasonable accommodation in completing an application may call the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority to make special arrangements to complete their application. A Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) is available for the deaf.
The application process will involve two phases:
The first phase is the initial application for housing assistance or the pre-application. The pre-application requires the family to provide limited basic information including name, address, phone number, family composition and family unit size, racial or ethnic designation of the head of household, income, and information establishing any preferences to which they may be entitled. Proof of citizenship or eligible immigration status will also be required at this time. This first phase results in the family’s placement on the waiting list.
Upon receipt of the families pre-application, the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will make a preliminary determination of eligibility. The St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will notify the family in writing of the date and time of placement on the waiting list and the approximate amount of time before housing assistance may be offered. If the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority determines the family to be ineligible, the notice will state the reasons why they are ineligible. At that time the family will have the opportunity to request an informal review of this determination.
An applicant needs to report in writing, or in an equally effective manner as a reasonable accomodation if there is the presence of a disability, changes in their applicant status including changes in family composition, address or preference factors. The St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will annotate the applicant’s file and will update their place on the waiting list.
The second phase is the final determination of eligibility, referred to as the full application. The full application takes place when the family nears the top of the waiting list. The St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority will ensure that verification of all preferences, eligibility, suitability selection factors are current in order to determine the family’s final eligibility for admission into the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Organization of the Waiting List
The waiting list will be maintained in accordance with the following guidelines:
The application will be a permanent file;
All applications will be maintained in order of preference and then in order of date and time of application;
Any contact between the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority and the applicant will be documented in the applicant file.
Note: The waiting list cannot be maintained by bedroom size under current HUD regulations.
Families Nearing the Top of the Waiting List
When a family appears to be within two months of being offered assistance, the family will be invited to an interview and the verification process will begin.
It is at this point in time that a criminal background check will be completed. The information will be reviewed and action taken if necessary in 4.8, actions for denial. The St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority must notify the family in writing of this determination, and give the family the opportunity for an informal review.
The family will complete a full application, present Social Security Number information, and sign the Consent for Release of Information forms.
UPDATING THE WAITING LIST
No less than annually, the Housing Authority will update the waiting list by mailing letters to applicants to determine whether they continue to be interested in Housing. The Housing Authority will remove names of applicants who fail to respond.
APPLICANTS FOR BOTH PUBLIC HOUSING AND HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER ASSISTANCE:
Applicants who applied for both Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Assistance, and who are admitted into a Public Housing unit after April 26, 1993, may remain on the waiting list for Housing Choice Voucher Assistance.may remain on the waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher.
HCV Payment Standards
City of St. Cloud & Benton County Effective 01/01/20
0 Bedroom $596 4 Bedroom $1382
1 Bedroom $660 5 Bedroom $1590
2 Bedroom $812 6 Bedroom $1758
3 Bedroom $1168 7 Bedroom $2178
Sherburne County & Wright County Effective 01/01/20
0 Bedroom $738 4 Bedroom $1823
1 Bedroom $874 5 Bedroom $2096
2 Bedroom $1100 6 Bedroom $2370
3 Bedroom $1550 7 Bedroom $2643
City of St. Cloud & Benton County Effective 01/01/19
0 Bedroom $596 4 Bedroom $1382
1 Bedroom $660 5 Bedroom $1590
2 Bedroom $812 6 Bedroom $1758
3 Bedroom $1168 7 Bedroom $2178
Sherburne County & Wright County Effective 01/01/19
0 Bedroom $699 4 Bedroom $1799
1 Bedroom $862 5 Bedroom $2080
2 Bedroom $1100 6 Bedroom $2338
3 Bedroom $1538 7 Bedroom $2608
PLEASE REMEMBER: that all of these rents include utilities (except telephone and cable). When you find a unit you must determine what utilities you have to pay for and add the appropriate utility allowance to the rent to determine if the unit will qualify for the program.
EXAMPLE: You have a two-bedroom voucher and find a suitable two-bedroom apartment and the rent is $750 per month. In addition, you as the tenant must pay for the electricity (for lighting, electric cooking, and air conditioning). You would then check the utility allowance schedule and discover that, on a monthly basis, the cost of these utilities is $57 (that is, electricity cost of $34, electric cooking cost of $9, air conditioning cost of $4 and monthly electric charge of $10). Consequently,
$807 is below the payment standard for a two-bedroom of $812 allowed. Therefore, in this example, the apartment would qualify for the rental assistance.
If the unit is located in a city that requires rental licensing, it needs to be a registered rental unit with that City.
Lease papers for a new unit must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. the 15th of the month before housing assistance starts. If the 15th falls on a holiday, Saturday or Sunday you will have until the following business day to turn in your necessary paperwork. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY.
The rental unit will need to pass inspection before housing assistance starts.
If you are planning to move to an area out of the city limits of St. Cloud, Wright, Sherburne or Benton Counties, please contact your St. Cloud HRA case worker for specific information regarding portability.
You may be required to live in the St. Cloud HRA's jurisdiction for the first twelve (12) months prior to using the portability feature of your Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.
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