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SCREENING FOR SUITABILITY

In developing its admission policies, the aim of the PHA is to attain a tenant body composed of families with a broad range of incomes and to avoid concentrations of the most economically deprived families and families with serious problems.  Therefore, it is the policy of the PHA to deny admission to applicants whose habits and practices may reasonably be expected to have a detrimental effect on the operations of the development or neighborhood or on the quality of life for its residents.

The PHA will conduct a detailed interview of all applicants.  The interview form will contain questions designed to evaluate the qualifications of applicants to meet the essential requirements of tenancy.  Answers will be subject to third party verification.

An applicant’s intentional misrepresentation of any information related to eligibility, award of preference for admission, housing history, allowances, family composition or rent will result in denial admission.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability and willingness to comply with the terms of the lease, either all or with assistance which they can demonstrate that they have or will have at the time of admission. (24 CFR 8.2 Definition: Qualified Individual with Handicaps) The availability of assistance is subject to verification by the PHA.

The PHA’s minimum age for admission as head of household is 18, to avoid entering into leases that would not be valid or enforceable under applicable law.

The PHA does not permit a parent or legal guardian to co-sign the lease on the applicant’s behalf if the head of household is under 18.

As a part of the final eligibility determination, the PHA will screen each applicant household to assess their suitability as renters.

The PHA will complete a credit and rental history check on all applicants.

The PHA will screen for drug-related criminal activity, violent criminal activity, current drug users and a pattern of alcohol abuse which will interfere with the right of peaceful & quite enjoyment of others.

The PHA shall rely upon sources of information which may include, but be limited to, PHA records, personal interviews with the applicant or tenant, interviews with previous landlords, employers, family social workers, parole officers, criminal and court records, clinics, physicians or the police department, and home visits for persons who have negative landlord reference checks for poor housekeeping habits.

This will be done in order to determine whether the individual’s attributes, prior conduct, and behavior is likely to interfere with other tenants in such a manner as to diminish their enjoyment of the premises by adversely affecting their health, safety or welfare.

Factors to be considered in applicants screening are criminal records, housekeeping habits, rent payment abilities/history as a tenant, the ability of the applicant to maintain the responsibilities of tenancy, and whether the conduct of the applicant in present or prior housing has been such that admission to the program would adversely affect the health, safety or welfare of other residents, or the physical environment, or the financial stability of the project.

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Section 8 Voucher Choice Tenant Screening

All screening and termination of assistance procedures shall be administered fairly and in such a way as not to violate rights to privacy or discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, religion, familial status, disability, sex or other legally protected groups.

If you or anyone in your family is a person with disabilities, and you require a specific accommodation in order to fully utilize our programs & services, please contact the housing authority.

Families are required to provide verification of Social Security Numbers for all family members. 

Family member(s) must be a U.S. citizen or eligible immigrant.  Each family member must have a citizenship declaration form completed and on file.

Head of Household, Spouse and Other adults must provide a photo I.D. for each adult in the household.

Family member(s) must supply a county birth certificate for each member in the household.

A family will be denied admission to the program if any member of the family fails to sign the submit consent forms for obtaining information required by the PHA, including FORM HUD-9886.

The Housing Authority will CHECK criminal history for all adults in the household to determine whether any member of the family has violated any of the prohibited behaviors. (Drug- related and Violent criminal behavior)

The Housing Authority must permanently deny assistance to applicants convicted of manufacturing or producing methamphetamine in any location, not just federally assisted housing.

The Housing Authority must deny admission to an applicant if the PHA determines that any member of the household is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a State sex offender registration program.

The Housing Authority will deny ANY member of the family has been evicted from federally assisted housing in the last (5) five years.

The family must not have violated any family obligation during a previous participation in the Section 8 program for (3) three years before final eligibility determination.

The PHA will not screen family behavior or suitability for tenancy.  The PHA will not be liable or responsible to the owner or other persons for the family’s behavior or the family’s conduct in tenancy.

The owner is responsible for screening and selection of the family to occupy the owner’s unit.  At or before PHA approval of the tenancy, the PHA will inform the owner that screening and selection for tenancy is the responsibility of the owner.
The PHA will give the owner:
            The family’s current & prior address as shown in the PHA’s records; and
            The name and address (if known by the PHA) of the landlord at the family’s current             and prior address.
The PHA will offer the owner other information in the PHA’s possession concerning the family, including:           
            Information about the family’s tenancy history; or
            Information about drug trafficking by family members, if known
THE SAME TYPES OF INFORMATION WILL BE SUPPLIED TO ALL OWNERS.

Download Violence Against Women Act - VAWA

5.612 Restrictions on assistance to students enrolled in an institution of higher education
No assistance shall be provided under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 to any individual who-   (1) Is enrolled as a student at an institution of higher education; (2) Is under 24 years of age; (3) Is not a veteran; (4) Is unmarried; (5) Does not have a dependent child; and (6) Is not otherwise individually eligible, or has parents who, individually or jointly, are not eligible to receive assistance under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C.1437f).


MISSION STATEMENT
“To serve and empower the citizens of Woodford County by providing adequate and affordable housing with proactive administration of programs to promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life.”
 
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