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
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.