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Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) helps households pay their rent by providing a “rent subsidy” directly to their landlord.

Each household receiving assistance pays 30% of its adjusted monthly income towards its housing costs.  The Housing Voucher Program (Section 8) pays the balance of the rent to the landlord within certain limits. 

Clay County HRA is currently only accepting applications for the following preferences for our Housing Choice Voucher Program:

  • Families who are Clay County residents, work, or have a verifiable offer of employment in Clay County AND head of household or spouse is 75 years of age or older. 
  • Households applying to buildings with project-based vouchers.
  • Households who have participated in an HRA rental assistance program and been terminated by the HRA in the past two years due to an increase in earned income.
  • Households who are currently participating in a permanent supportive housing program in Clay County who, based upon a standardized assessment, are determined to no longer require permanent supportive housing (by referral only).
  • Youth ages 18-24 who are referred by Clay County Social Services for a Foster Youth Initiative Voucher (by referred only).
  • Households who are Clay County residents who are currently receiving time limited rental assistance (i.e. transitional housing) but will be terminated within 6 months due to reaching the time limit (by referral only).
  • Households who live in Clay County HRA-owned or managed unsubsidized units (by referral only).

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be of low income according to HUD criteria;
  • Not been evicted from federally assisted housing within the past 5 years for drug related activity;
  • Not currently engaged in the use of any illegal drugs;
  • Not a current registered sex offender;
  • Not been convicted of the production or manufacture of methamphetamine and;
  • Not owe money to another public housing agency