Once families move to the top of the waiting list and have been certified to be eligible, they receive a Housing Choice Voucher. The family then has 60 days to find a place to live or may elect to remain in its present home if the home and rent meet the program guidelines.
Most types of rental housing, including mobile homes, may be leased under the Housing Choice Voucher program. The program requires that units meet standards for decent, safe and sanitary housing and have reasonable rent. HAPEC will conduct an evaluation of the unit to ensure it meets these standards.
Once the tenant finds a unit, the program requires that the landlord and tenant agree to the terms of the lease. The lease must be for a term of at least one year. If the lease and unit are acceptable, the owner signs a Housing Assistance Payment Contract with the housing office which guarantees payments to the owner as long as the tenant lives in the unit, remains eligible and both parties comply with the program requirements as well as the lease and contract.
The tenant pays a portion of the rent to the owner and the agency pays the housing assistance payment directly to the owner. There is a waiting list for rental assistance through HAPEC which is currently about 1 year.