TAC Provides Guidance in Using Housing Choice Vouchers to End Chronic Homelessness
This is an update of TAC’s popular Section 8 Made Simple guidebook – with new tips and information to navigate the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.
Like the original, the new Section 8 Made Simple explains how to use fair housing law and federal guidance to make the HCV program accessible to people with disabilities and adds a new focus on helping those who are experiencing chronic homelessness.
Highlights of the guidebook include:
- Step-by-step guidance on finding and securing housing through the HCV program
- Quick tips, definitions, and “Good to Know” highlights
- Helpful suggestions for building partnerships and expanding outreach
Specifically, the guidebook’s chapters provide:
- An overview of the Housing Choice Voucher Program
- How the Housing Choice Voucher Program is Administered
- Reasonable Accommodation and Reasonable Modification in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
- Eligibility, Applications and the Waiting List Process in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
- Screening, Verification and Appeals in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
- Determining the Total Tenant Payment and the Housing Choice Voucher Rent Subsidy
- Getting a Housing Choice Voucher and Obtaining Housing
- Keeping a Housing Choice Voucher
- Special Purpose Vouchers
- Project-Based Vouchers
- Systems-Level Strategies to Facilitate Access to Vouchers for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness
- 66,100 low-income households used Housing Choice Vouchers in New Jersey to afford decent, privately owned housing in December 2015.
- Housing vouchers help low-wage working families to make ends meet: in 2015, 75 percent of the non- elderly, non-disabled households using vouchers in New Jersey were working or had worked recently.
Housing Costs Strain Family Budgets
- 80% of very low-income renter households in New Jersey pay too much for rent and do not receive a voucher or other federal rental assistance.
Who are these households?
- In 2015, 10,098 people in New Jersey were homeless, including 2,404 children and 1,410 adults with disabilities who have been homeless for long or repeated periods.
- Housing Choice Vouchers make housing affordable and reduce homelessness and instability, according to numerous studies.
- Children in homeless families that receive housing vouchers also change schools less often and are much less likely to be placed into foster care; their families also experience less food insecurity and domestic violence.
This Special Edition of Section 8 Made Simple is possible thanks to the continued generous support of the Melville Charitable Trust.
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