Section 8 FAQ

When and how do I have to report income changes?
When your income changes you must report these changes in writing and deliver or mail it to the Housing Authority office. Written notice is due within 10 days of change.  You can now download a Change in Circumstance Form and either mail or drop it off at the Housing Authority office.  Please be advised that these changes could take up to 30 days or longer to be processed.

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How do I transfer to a different unit?
Participating families are allowed to move to another unit after the initial lease has expired, if the landlord and the participant have mutually agreed to terminate the lease, or if the Housing Authority has terminated the HAP contract. The Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee will issue the family a new Housing Choice Voucher if the family does not owe the Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee or any other Housing Authority money, has not violated a Family Obligation, has not moved or been issued a Housing Choice Voucher within the last 12 months, and if the Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee has sufficient funding for continued assistance. If, in the case of portability, the move is necessitated for a reason other than family choice, the 12-month requirement will be waived, on a case-by-case basis.

What is the policy on Reasonable Accommodation?
Sometimes people with disabilities may need a reasonable accommodation in order to take full advantage of the Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee's housing programs and related services. When such accommodations are granted, they do not confer special treatment or advantage for the person with a disability; rather, they make the program fully accessible to them in a way that would otherwise not be possible due to their disability. The Section 8 Administrative Plan clarifies how people can request accommodations and the guidelines the Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee will follow in determining whether it is reasonable to provide a requested accommodation. Because disabilities are not always apparent, the Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee will ensure that all applicants/participants are aware of the opportunity to request reasonable accommodations.

What are my rights under the Fair Housing Law?
It is the policy of the Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee (CCWHA) to comply fully with all Federal, State, and local nondiscrimination laws; the Americans With Disabilities Act; and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations governing Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, familial status, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under the Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee's housing programs.

To further its commitment to full compliance with applicable Civil Rights laws, the Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee will provide Federal/State/local information to applicants for and participants in the Section 8 Housing Choice Housing Program regarding discrimination and any recourse available to them if they believe they may be victims of discrimination. Such information will be made available with the application and all applicable Fair Housing Information and Discrimination Complaint Forms will be made available at the Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee's office. In addition, all written information and advertisements will contain the appropriate Equal Opportunity language and logo.

The Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee will assist any family that believes they have suffered illegal discrimination by providing them copies of the housing discrimination form. The Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee will also assist them in completing the form, if requested, and will provide them with the address of the nearest HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

How do I qualify for the Section 8 Program?
There are five eligibility requirements for admission to Section 8: Qualifies as a family/household; have a combined income within the income limits; meet citizenship/eligible immigrant criteria, provides documentation of Social Security Numbers, and sign consent authorization documents. In addition to the eligibility criteria, families must also meet the Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee's screening criteria in order to be admitted to the Section 8 Program.

Can I use Section 8 to buy a house?
The Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee's homeownership option is designed to promote and support homeownership by a "first-time" homeowner- a family that meets the definition in the Administrative Plan. It allows one or more members of the family to purchase a home. Section 8 payments supplement the family's own income to facilitate the transition from rental to homeownership. The initial availability of these assistance payments helps the family pay the costs of homeownership and may provide additional assurance for a lender, so that the family can finance the purchase of the home.

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