Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
The HCV program provides rental assistance to the elderly, disabled, low and very low-income families, as defined by HUD.
Once the family is determined eligible, they are issued a voucher, allowing them to find suitable housing of their choice where the owner/landlord agrees to rent under the program guidelines.
A housing assistance payment contract is executed between the housing agency and the owner/landlord on behalf of the family. The amount of the assistance to the family is determined based upon the family income and composition. The family is not allowed to pay more than the amount determined by the housing agency. The assistance on behalf of the family is paid directly to the owner/landlord.
To ensure compliance with the city’s minimum housing code, Housing Enforcement annually performs inspections on multi-family complexes, hotel/motels in Grand Prairie, and conducts Section 8 Housing Quality Standard inspections.
The Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program allows current Section 8 participants to become first-time homebuyers by using their voucher assistance toward the purchase of a home.
Eligible participants obtain a mortgage based on income, credit and debt. The home must be either a single family home, or a single dwelling unit in a condominium or cooperative.
Housing Assistance will pay a monthly homeownership assistance payment directly to the lender on behalf of the family.
Family Self Sufficiency
Family SElf-Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that encourages communities to develop local strategies to help assisted families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence.
Eligible Section 8 participants must either attend school or work. The FSS program works with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and experience to enable them to obtain employment.
The goal of the program is to help the participant get a job, a high school diploma or higher education degree.
Fraud investigations develop procedures and manuals for investigating prospective and current participants that are alleged to have violated Housing Quality Standards (HQS). The Fraud investigators conduct investigations, gather materials, and present results in termination proceedings for drug related and/or violent criminal activity, unauthorized occupancy, unreported income and other HQS violations.