Section 8 Mainstream Voucher Program


Overview

Housing Services for Eaton County was awarded 75 vouchers by the office of Housing and Urban Development specifically for persons with verifiable disabilities. Referred to as Housing Choice Mainstream Vouchers, these vouchers are used to serve persons with disabilities that reside in Eaton County.

Participants in this program pay 30% of their monthly income toward rent and utility payments. This grant then pays the difference directly to the landlord based on Fair Market Rent limitations and rent reasonableness. HSEC provides full case management to participants and supports landlords.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, implemented by the office of Housing and Urban Development, assists persons 65 years of age or older, or the disabled to find and keep affordable housing. Other agencies that administer Section 8 vouchers in Eaton County are listed in this brochure.


 

Requirements

Landlord Responsibilities:

  • To conduct your business as usual
  • To screen applicants
  • To maintain a safe living environment
  • To report any changes to the HSEC voucher case manager
  • To comply with the HAP contract and Tenancy Addendum

Tenant responsibilities:

  • Supply true and complete required information
  • To be and remain drug free, with no criminal activity
  • To pay their portion of the rent on time
  • To maintain a clean and safe living environment
  • To promptly inform the landlord and HSEC of any intent to vacate/move
  • To report all changes in income or family composition to the HSEC voucher case manager

Unit Requirements:

  • The unit must comply with Housing Quality Standards set forth by HUD
  • The unit must have sanitary facilities and adequate space for food storage, preparation and disposal.
  • There must be smoke detectors
  • The unit must be free from lead based paint
  • It must be inspected yearly or annually by the voucher program case manager
  • The unit must be in Eaton County

Aspects

Landlord Benefits:

  • Prompt payment of rent
  • Guaranteed payment - the program guarantees on-time payment even if the renter has a history of bad or slow credit payments
  • Security - The tenant will be screened by you and HSEC
  • Long-term income without continuous turnover of tenants
  • The development of a long-term relationship. Section 8 vouchers do not expire. Landlords will be able to keep their units rented as long as the landlord/tenant relationship is mutually beneficial

Client Benefits:

  • Only pay approximately 30% of your monthly income toward your rent and utilities
  • Full-service, prompt, case management to help solve problems including landlord and tenant disputes
  • The support of the HSEC staff in various aspects of renting and life skills

Application Procedures

  • Complete a Pre-Application form and submit it to Housing Services with proof of disability either from your doctor or proof of SSI payments
  • After receipt of a completed Pre-Application, the Section 8 Coordinator will place your name on a waiting list. It may take 2 to 4 years to receive a Housing Choice Voucher.
  • Be sure to update your information with Housing Services if you move or change your telephone number. If HSEC can not reach you, your name will be removed from the waiting list. HSEC will attempt to contact you at least every 12 months to see if you are still interested in receiving a voucher. You must respond to this inquiry to remain on the waiting list.

Other Agencies that administer Section 8 Vouchers in the Eaton County Area include:

Potterville Housing Commission - call 517-645-7076

Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) - call 517-373-9344

Lansing Housing Commission - call 517-487-6550