Voucher Program (Section 8)

Voucher Program (Section 8)

Brief Overview Of Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV)

WCHA administers the Section 8 program for both Winnebago County and Stephenson County.

The rules and regulations for the Housing Choice Voucher Program are determined by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of the Housing Choice Voucher Program is to provide rental assistance to eligible low income families.

The voucher program is designed to help low-income families obtain affordable housing and to provide increased housing choices. HUD determines the amount of funding that is available for rental assistance in each community. It is important to ensure that the funds are used to assist only those families who are eligible. The reason Housing Authority’s have waiting lists is that there is not enough funding to assist all of the families who apply.

*The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) wait list is currently closed.

The Family Unification Program (FUP) is a program under which Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) are provided by referral from the Department of Human Services based on families who meet the following criteria: Families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in:

  1. The imminent placement of the family’s child or children in out-of-home care, or
  2. The delay in the discharge of the child or children to the family from out-of-home care.

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is administered by public housing agencies (PHAs) with the help of program coordinating committees (PCCs). The PCC usually consists of representatives of local government, employment and job training agencies, welfare agencies, nonprofit providers, local businesses, and assisted families. Supportive services most commonly provided to FSS program participants are child care, transportation, remedial education, and job training. The major components of the FSS program are a contract of participation between the PHA and the family, an individualized training and services plan for each participating family member, and an interest bearing escrow account. Credits to a family’s escrow account are based on increased income earned by family members during the term of their contract. On completion of the FSS contract, a family may claim its escrow account, if no family member is receiving welfare assistance.

Are you porting your voucher to us?  Please have your paperwork faxed to the Section 8 Department at (815) 316-2860.
Kristin Andrews, HCV Supervisor
Phone (815) 963-2133 Ext. 116
Fax (815) 316-2860
Christina Coon, FSS Coordinator/HCV Case Manager
Phone (815) 963-2133 Ext. 113
Fax (815) 316-2860

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