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Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
About the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 4,960 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:
|Homeownership||Family Unification||Tenant Protection||Moving To Work||Ported Out||VASH|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$283||$728||$436||$514||$1,559||$382|
Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Waiting List and Tenancy
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 12% having issued approximately 406 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 35 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $10,348 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 53% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
Heads of Household Characteristics
6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.
46% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.
68% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 67% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 22% include at least one person with a disability. 32% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
Bedroom Size and Overhousing
27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 40% with 3 or more bedrooms. 30% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.
Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $279 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $556. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $141.
1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.
Public Housing Apartments Operated by Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Eviction Prevention Resources
Summit County Department of Jobs and Family Services
For people who have experienced a temporary crisis or financial hardship, this non-profit may be able to help. They provide resources and support services for the low income and people struggling in emergency situations. Some of the assistance programs offered include help with paying rent, eviction prevention services and assistance, legal aid, counseling, and help for other bills and debts.
Phone: (330) 643-8200
Summit County Cares
Summit County Cares is the front door for various government funded assistance designed to help keep families and individuals living in Summit County, Ohio housed in the wake of the historic economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Summit County Cares is a partnership of local government and community organizations.
You may apply for assistance for past due balances for rent of your primary residence and electric, gas, water/sewer.
To qualify, you must be resident of Summit, a member of the household that has been financially affected by Covid-19, and a gross income at or below 80% of the Area Median Guidelines.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland
Financial assistance for individuals facing eviction or struggling with rent and utilities, as well as support in the form of bus tickets or grocery gift cards to cover daily necessities.
Phone: (330) 762-7481
Community Action Akron Summit
Community Action Akron Summit offers rent, mortgage and utility assistance to eligible Summit County residents impacted by COVID-19.
Phone: (330) 762-7481
Readout of White House Summit on the Homebuilding Supply Chain
Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, and Council of Economic Advisers Chair Cecilia Rouse hosted a virtual event with CEOs and senior executives across the housing and homebuilding sector to discuss supply chain disruptions in the homebuilding industry as well as shortages in the availability of homes for purchase and rent. The convening included housing advocates and representatives from builders, lumber companies, retailers, realtors, loggers and labor unions, as well as other companies and organizations focused on homebuilding and affordable housing.
The U.S. has a longstanding shortage of affordable housing, and participants discussed how that challenge is being exacerbated by short-term supply chain disruptions across the homebuilding sector, including fluctuations in lumber prices, supply chain disruptions in other critical inputs including resins and engineered wood products, transportation challenges with ports and trucking, and underinvestment in training and skilled workforce development.
Participants discussed core challenges across the housing supply chain, and helped Administration leaders collect additional input to inform the Administration’s near- and medium-term efforts to further strengthen housing supply. Participants also focused on the demand for housing and how the President’s necessary and historic investments in the Build Back Better agenda will expand housing supply and strengthen the country’s affordable housing stock.
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HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (SECTION 8)
The Housing Authority of the City of Lee’s Summit administers both the Public Housing Program and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. HACLS provides housing assistance to 1,600 individuals on a daily basis.
The need for affordable housing in Lee’s Summit continues to grow and exceeds the housing assistance currently available. Therefore HACLS uses waiting lists to administer its housing programs to eligible families. For the HCV program, applicants are selected to the waiting list through the application process. The HACLS opens and closes the waiting list as allowed by HUD regulations. For more information about HACLS’s HCV program policies, you can review our Administrative Plan. HACLS does not provide emergency housing. If you are in need of affordable housing assistance while on one of our waiting lists or if you were unable to get onto one of our waiting lists, please contact the LSHA office to find out about other area housing resources.
Regulations for the Housing Choice Voucher Program are found at 24 CFR Part 982
The Administration Plan for the Lee’s Summit Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher program is available HERE
HOW THE HCV PROGRAM WORKS
The Housing Authority of the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri manages the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program (also known as Section 8) that provides rental vouchers for a base-line of 649 units of housing. This program can support more than 1,600 individuals in Lee’s Summit and the greater Jackson County private rental market.
The HCV Program depends on a cooperative relationship between the owner or property manager, the housing authority, and the assisted family. The program is designed to maintain the regular owner/tenant relationship. The role of the housing authority is to subsidize the family’s rent; all other aspects of the lease agreement must be resolved between the landlord and the tenant. The following summarizes the responsibilities of each party.
The Housing Authority’s Responsibilities:
- Review all applications to determine families’ eligibility for the program.
- Explain the rules of the program to families and property owners/managers.
- Issues vouchers to families.
- Inspect and approve the assisted unit for compliance with housing quality standards and conduct rent reasonable surveys based on the private market.
- Calculate the family’s share of the rent and pays HACLS’s rent portion to the property owner on behalf of the participant in a timely manner.
- Re-examine the family’s income and composition annually and adjust the family’s rent.
- Process changes to rent portions when there are changes in the family’s circumstances.
- Ensure that owners and families comply with the program rules.
- Provide prompt, professional service to owners and tenant families.
- Thoroughly screen and interview families that apply.
- Maintain the property in compliance with Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and make necessary repairs in a timely manner.
- Collect application fees, security deposits, and the tenant’s monthly rent portion.
- Manage the property and enforce the lease.
- Comply with the terms of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract and HUD Tenancy addendum.
- Comply with all fair housing laws and do not improperly discriminate against any family.
- Notify the housing authority if a tenant vacates the unit., Return any housing assistance payments received after a family vacates a unit.
- Promptly notify the housing authority of ownership changes so payments are issued to the new landlord without delay.
- Provide the housing authority with complete and accurate information pertaining to the family income and composition.
- Report changes in income and family composition to HACA within 30 days of occurrence.
- Locate a suitable unit before the voucher expires and pay the security deposit and application fee to the owner.
- Attend scheduled appointments and return documents on time.
- Maintain the unit in good, safe, decent, and sanitary condition.
- Sign and comply with the terms of the lease.
- Pay their portion of the rent on time to the owner.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN HCV
Families on the voucher program can choose to select their own housing location within HACLS’s jurisdiction. HACLS pays a portion of an eligible family’s rent each month directly to the landlord, and the family pays between 30 and 40 percent of their household income toward rent. HACLS provides rental assistance up to 649 households.
Here are the steps to participate in the HCV Program:
- Apply and Attend Initial Interview
- Attend Initial Orientation
- Locate a Unit and Use Your Voucher
- Await Inspection Results
- Sign Lease & Move Into Your Unit
- Pay Your Rent Portion & Utilities
- Comply with HUD & HACLS rules and regulations