In order to qualify for Housing Choice Assistance, a tenant must
provide the following information:
- Evidence of U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration
- Family employment, income and composition and immediate
notification of changes in status if or when they occur
- Social Security numbers for all family members and signed
consent forms allowing PHA to obtain information about each family
member and conduct criminal background checks.
- Signature of receipt of the HUD Family Notification of
Lead-Based Paint literature and a disclosure of lead-based paint
testing and medical status for children under six years of
- Upon acceptance into the Housing Choice program, a tenant must
attend the PHA Tenant Responsibility Training Workshop. At that
time, the tenant will receive a voucher and will have 120 days to
obtain a housing unit.
- Tenants should not pay a security deposit to a landlord without
first checking with his/her Housing Choice representative.
- A lease agreement must be signed for an initial term of two
- The head of a household, age 18 years or older, may voluntarily
join the Family Self-Sufficiency Program which offers assistance
through coordinating child care, transportation, education, career
and personal counseling, job training and job-placement. The goal
is to assist participants in becoming self-sufficient.
A tenant and each family member living in the subsidized unit
- Own or have interest in the unit.
- Commit any serious or repeated violation of the lease.
- Commit fraud, bribery, or any other corrupt or criminal act in
connection with the Housing Choice program.
- Participate in illegal drug or violent criminal activity.
- Sublease or sublet the unit or assign or transfer the
- Receive Housing Choice assistance while receiving another
housing subsidy either for the same unit or for another unit.
- Damage the unit or premises (other than damage from ordinary
wear and tear) or permit any guest to damage the unit or
- Engage in threatening, abusive, or violent behavior toward any
Violation of any of the above may result in termination from the
Housing Choice program.
HUD regulations for the voucher programs permit PHA to terminate
assistance to participants if any household member or guest does
not abide by the following family obligations during assisted
- Supply any information that PHA determines to be necessary.
This includes evidence of citizenship and immigration status,
information for use in annual or special certification of family
composition, income and deductions.
- Disclose and verify social security information and sign and
submit consent forms to obtain information.
- Supply any information requested by PHA to verify that the
family is living in the unit or information related to family
absence from the unit.
- Promptly notify PHA in writing when the family is absent from
the unit for an extended period of time in accordance with PHA
- Notify PHA and the owner in writing before moving from the unit
in accordance with the lease.
- Allow PHA to inspect the unit at reasonable times and after
- Maintain unit in decent condition.
- Must not engage in threatening, abusive or violent behavior
toward PHA personnel.
- Must not participate in illegal drug or violent criminal
- Must not commit fraud, bribery or any other corrupt or criminal
act in connection with the program.