Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8 Rental Assistance)
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program helps very low income tenants by providing direct monthly rental assistance payments to the landlord on behalf of the tenant(s). The tenant’s contribution to housing cost is based on the family income and is at least 30% but not more than 40% of monthly adjusted income.
Application & Certification
A family interested in participating in the Section 8 program may pick up an application at our office, download from the website or have one mailed to them. Applicants’ names are placed on a waiting list in order of date and time of application. Applicants with income at or below 30% of median income are served before those with very low income. Family income and composition determine eligibility. Current* income limits are:
|Household Size||Gross Annual Income Limit Essex County|
|30% Median||Very Low|
Project Based Voucher Program
Under the project-based voucher program, an individual or family is offered a voucher that is tied to a specific unit. Because the assistance is tied to the unit, a family who moves from the project-based unit does not have any right to continued housing assistance. However, after the first year they may be eligible for a tenant based voucher when one becomes available.
HAPEC currently has 15 project based housing vouchers. A family interested in participating in the project based program may pick up an application at our office, download from the website or have one mailed to them. Applicants’ names are placed on the waiting list and are served in order of date and time of application.
Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8 Homeownership)
Under the HCV to Homeownership Program, any Section 8 eligible program participant who has completed one year of satisfactory compliance with the HCV program and meets the additional eligibility requirements may use their Section 8 Housing choice voucher assistance to purchase rather than rent a home.
If you are interested in this program, please contact our office for more information regarding eligibility and guidelines.
ApplicationSection 8 Application (PDF – 5mb)
Here is a list of links to resources that will help you in the application proces. Please call us if you have any questions or need help finding a form or assistance.
Essex County Mental Health Services 518.873.3670
7513 Court St. Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Department of Social Services 518.873.3470
7551 Court St. Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Friends of the North Country 518.834.9606
1 Mill St, Keeseville, NY 12944
Legal Aid 518.563.4022
100 Court St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901
STOP (Domestic Violence) 518.563.6904
22 US Oval # 218