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Greene County Housing Choice Voucher Wait List to Remain Open
RUPCO announced the Announces Greene County Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List to remain open indefinitely and will continue accepting completed applications at both office locations.
Applications can be obtained by downloading directly from RUPCO’s website, http://rupco.org/
Income Eligibility and Wait List Placement
The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program allows low and restricted income households to afford homes and apartments at market rents. Underwritten by the federal Housing and Urban Development agency and delivered through the New York State Housing and Community Renewal department; this program primarily serves low income senior citizens, disabled persons, and families with children.
Individuals and families earning 50% or less of the area’s median income are eligible to apply. So a family of four with a household income of $29,500 would indicate eligibility. The 2012 income guidelines can be found here: http://rupco.org/
Completed applications will be verified by third parties to determine eligibility and then placed in a lottery to determine order on the Wait List. The lottery will give each applicant equal opportunity at initial selection; all applicants actually eligible will be placed on the waiting list for assistance as it becomes available.
“We have chosen the random drawing system in an effort to give equal opportunity and access to all county residents who apply,” said Kevin O’Connor, CEO. “In the past, we’ve done a first come, first served basis,” he said. “But that was hard for some folks living in distant parts of the county.”
HCVP Increases Affordable Housing Availability
The Housing Choice Voucher Program reduces homelessness and housing instability by assisting individuals and families to obtain affordable housing in areas where they usually could not afford the market rates. These areas are often low-poverty neighborhoods with higher employment opportunities and better educational programs.
This, combined with assistance from the HCV Program, can increase income stability. Once participants are accepted into the program they generally pay 30% of their income toward the rental unit of their choice with the HCV Program paying the difference.
The HCV Program also benefits participating landlords by stabilizing the rental income from a property. When a property becomes vacant, the list of voucher participants offers a low expense way of finding tenants in shorter, more cost effective time frames. To ensure renters are moving into safe and affordable homes, each rental unit must pass the required inspection (http://rupco.org/
More information is available for applicants and landlords on RUPCO’s website at www.rupco.org or by calling the Kingston office at 845.331.2140.