PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
*****As you are aware, we are in the midst of a partial government shutdown. The United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has enough money to ensure February Housing Choice Voucher Program payments (Housing Assistance Payments and Utility Allowance Payments). However, HUD does not currently have enough money to make the Housing Choice Voucher program payments for March in the event the government shutdown continues.
Greenville Housing Authority urges everyone to make their voices heard to Congress. Congress must agree to a funding bill. Now is the time to reach out to your Congressional Representatives and demand that a fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill for HUD be passed.*****
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and where the landlord is willing to accept the voucher payment. Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by TGHA. TGHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.
A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by TGHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
TGHA currently has an allocation of 2,990 vouchers, to include 139 HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Vouchers.