How does the Section 8 Rent Assistance program work?
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Rent Assistance program is a federal program funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that helps eligible tenants pay their rent.
Tenants pay between 30% to 40% of their adjusted monthly income toward their rent. The City of Marshalltown pays the approved difference directly to the property owner. Owners must be willing to participate. Rental units must pass inspection and the rent must be reasonable.
The purpose of the program is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing for applicants who have qualifying incomes.
Eligible applicants must:
· Be income eligible
· Have at least one adult (age 18)
· Have at least one person with eligible immigration
· Not owe a housing authority money
· Not be listed on the sex offender registry
· Not have a history of violent criminal or drug activity
The City has the following preferences:
· Households currently living in Marshall, Tama or Hardin County jurisdiction
· Households having a member who is elderly (62 years), disabled or has dependents living in the household.
· All income guidelines and program rules are established by HUD and are subject to change. Preference may be given to families at or below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI).
What do you need to apply:
· A completed application signed by all adults
· Copies of birth certificates for all household members
· Copies of social security cards for all household members
· Photo ID for all adult household members
There is a current waiting list for assistance is averaging 3-6 months. Applications can be printed from the City website and turned in to the Housing & Community Development Department at 36 N. Center Street.