HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM – ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The online HCV application is temporarily unavailable. A paper version of the application can be accessed through the link below. Download the application, fill it out, and return it to the MCHA office either by mail, or in person during our regularly scheduled hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm).
HCV Pre-Application Eff 01-08-18.pdf
Marion County Housing Authority
2645 Portland Rd NE, Suite 200
Salem, OR 97301
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the federal government's major program for assisting low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market outside of the Keizer/Salem Urban Growth Boundary area of Marion County. The Housing Authority offers rental assistance to families that meet the eligibility requirements. To be eligible for rental assistance, a household must:
1. Qualify as a Family
- A family includes one or more individuals who are related by blood, marriage, adoption, or other operation of law.
- A family also includes two or more individuals who are not related by blood, marriage, adoption, or other operation of law but who either can demonstrate that they have lived together previously or certify that each individual's income and other resources will be available to meet the needs of the family.
2. Meet Eligible Immigrant or Citizenship Requirements
- Individuals must be U.S. citizens, or non-citizens with eligible immigration status. To receive assistance, applicants must provide evidence of citizenship or eligible immigration status.
- Families are eligible for assistance as long as at least one member is a citizen, national, or eligible noncitizen. Families that include both eligible and ineligible individuals are considered mixed families. Rental assistance for such families will be prorated based on the number of eligible immigrants and citizens in the household.
- Each family member must sign a declaration of U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. The Housing Authority is not required to report an individual's unlawful presence in the U.S. to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- All family members will be required to provide birth certificate, passport or other documentation to verify citizenship or national status.
- Eligible immigrants must fall into one of the categories specified by the regulations, and must sign a consent form to have their status verified by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The documentation required for establishing eligible noncitizen status varies depending upon factors such as the date the person entered the U.S., the conditions under which eligible immigration status has been granted, the person's age, and the date on which the family began receiving HUD-funded assistance.
3. Provide social security number information for household members as required.
- The applicant and all members of the applicant's household must disclose the complete and accurate social security number assigned to each household member, and the documentation necessary to verify each SSN.
(Note: Does not apply to noncitizens who do not contend eligible immigration status)
4. Be within Income Limits 2017 Income Limits.pdf
- Income limits are used for eligibility only at admission. Income eligibility is determined by comparing the annual income of an applicant household to the applicable income limit for their family size. Eligible applicants must have a household income that does not exceed the limits detailed below:
- Low-Income Family: A family whose household income does not exceed 80% of the median income for the area, as determined by HUD. This category only applies for families moving on to the HCV program from another housing assistance program such Public Housing, Multi-family Section 8, Moderate Rehabilitation Section 8, or any other housing program covered under the 1937 Housing Act.
- Very Low-Income Family: A family whose household income does not exceed 50% of the median income for the area, as determined by HUD. All applicants must fall into this category unless they are moving on to HCV from another housing assistance program.
5. Consent to the Housing Authority's collection and use of family information as provided for in Housing Authority-provided consent forms.
6. Meet criminal background requirements
- HUD requires each adult family member, and the head of household, spouse, or cohead, regardless of age, to sign form HUD-9886, Authorization for the Release of Information/Privacy Act Notice, and other consent forms as needed to collect information relevant to the family's eligibility and level of assistance.
- HUD requires the Housing Authority to deny assistance in the following cases:
- Any household member has ever been convicted of drug-related criminal activity for the production or manufacture of methamphetamine on the premises of federally assisted housing
- Any household member is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program
- HUD permits the Housing Authority to deny assistance if it determines that any household member is currently engaged in, or has engaged in during a reasonable time before the family would receive assistance, certain types of criminal activity. The Housing Authority will consider all relevant circumstances when deciding whether to deny assistance based on a family's past history except in the situations for which denial of assistance is mandatory.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Our commitment to fair housing provides an opportunity for all people to access our services.
Federal laws require PHAs to treat all applicants and participants equally, providing the same opportunity to access services, regardless of family characteristics and background. Federal law prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, familial status, and disability. In addition, HUD regulations provide for additional protections regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status. The Marion County Housing Authority will comply fully with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws, and with rules and regulations governing fair housing and equal opportunity in housing and employment.