Other Programs

Housing Choice Voucher

Section 8

Waiting List Is Currently Closed – Not Accepting Applications

  • The Cedar City Housing Authority currently administers 139 vouchers
  • This program provides rental assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled families to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market
  • Because 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
  • Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by HUD and the Cedar City Housing Authority
  • Eligibility for the voucher is based on a family’s household income
  • The participant’s share of the rent is generally between 30 to 40 percent of their monthly adjusted gross income for rent and utilities
  • The maximum subsidy a participant receives is the difference between the housing authorities’ payment standard and 30 percent of the monthly adjusted income; or the difference between the gross monthly rent (rent plus utilities) and 30 percent of the monthly adjusted income, whichever is less
  • The housing authority pays their portion of the rent directly to the landlord.

Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership

  • Instead of using voucher subsidy to help participants with rent, homeownership option allows first-time homeowner to use voucher subsidy to meet monthly homeownership expenses
  • Family is responsible for finding eligible unit to purchase instead of rent
  • The housing authority will make monthly homeownership assistance payment on behalf of the family
  • Family must pay at least 30 percent of their monthly adjusted income, but may pay more
  • Monthly homeownership assistance payment is calculated as the lesser of the payment standard minus 30 percent of the family’s monthly adjusted income or the gross monthly homeownership expenses minus 30 percent of their monthly adjusted income
  • Family is responsible for all homeownership expenses not covered by the HAP payment
  • 40% of adjusted monthly income limitation does not apply to homeownership families (law limits amount family may pay for rent)
  • Payment standard determines maximum subsidy in voucher program
  • The housing authority uses same payment standard for both renters and homeowners
  • Payment standard will never be less than payment standard at time homeownership assistance commences for the home
  • In general, no family member has a present ownership interest in a residence at commencement of homeownership assistance (current homeowners are not eligible for the program)
  • Eligible family must attend and satisfactorily complete homeownership counseling program required by the housing authority
  • The housing authority conducts housing quality standard inspection under voucher program
  • The housing authority determines current condition is decent, safe, and sanitary
  • There is no annual HQS inspection requirement
  • Participants must abide by family homeownership obligations