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On Friday, April 10th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued waivers that offer Public Housing Authorities administrative flexibilities in providing assistance to families during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Effectively immediately, here’s what these waivers mean for the Lafayette County Housing Authority’s HCV Program operations. . . (waiver information).

We Provide Housing Support to Families in Need.

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing.

The housing unit selected by the family must meet an acceptable level of health and safety before the Public Housing Authority (PHA) can approve the unit. When the voucher holder finds a unit that it wishes to occupy and reaches an agreement with the landlord over the lease term, the PHA must inspect the dwelling and determine that the rent requested is reasonable.

A family’s housing needs may change over time with changes in family size, job locations, and for other reasons. The housing choice voucher program is designed to allow families to move without the loss of housing assistance. Moves are permissible as long as the family notifies the PHA ahead of time, terminates its existing lease with the lease provisions, and finds acceptable alternate housing.

Eligibility is determined by the PHA based on the total annual gross household income and family size and is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.

 

For more information contact the Community Outreach Specialist at your local Family Resource Center.

How to Apply:

The MVCAA Lafayette Housing Authority is accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8) program. Click the link below to complete an application and to attach all required information. If you fail to submit any required documents, your application CANNOT be processed and you WILL NOT be placed on the waiting list. Walk-in applications will not be accepted.

Get started by completing the online Preliminary Application or downloading this printable form: Preliminary Application for Rental Assistance

 

IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH YOUR APPLICATION, DO NOT START A NEW ONE. INSTEAD, CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT 660.886.7476 EXT. 1402, AND ASK FOR WENDY, OR, EXT. 1401 FOR SARRON. THEY WILL PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WITH AN APPLICATION THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PROCESSED ONLINE.
For more information, contact the Community Outreach Specialist at your local Family Resource Center.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Does the housing authority have emergency housing?
A: There is no emergency housing available through the Lafayette County Housing Authority. You may have to reach out to your local MVCAA Family Resource Center.
Q: How long will it take for my application to be processed?
A: Once your application is submitted, we will review the application to verify it is complete. When the application is complete, we will place you on a waitlist (this may take a few weeks to process).
Q: How long does it take to be housed?
A: It varies. Depending on your placement on the waitlist, it could take from six months to more than one year. Placement on the waitlist is on a first come, first served basis.
Q: Does the housing authority implement preferences?
A: No. The housing housing authority does not implement preferences. Placement on the waitlist is on a first come, first served basis. We do not justify placement on the waitlist for individuals or families based on their current situation.
Q: How do I update the information on my application?
A: You must submit changes to your address and/or phone number in writing. It is critical that you keep your address and phone contact information up-to-date so that you can receive our documentation via the U.S. Postal Service. Our mailing address is:

MVCAA

Lafayette County Housing Authority

1415 S. Odell

Marshall, MO 65340

Q: How do I check where I place on the waitlist?
A: Call our office at 660.886.7476 and dial extension 1402 for Wendy, or extension 1401 for Sarron. You will need to have your social security number available and provide your birth date.
Q: Can I complete an application in person?
A: Yes. Call your local Family Resource Center to schedule an appointment.