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Saratoga Regional Housing Programs

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program (HCV)

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program (HCV) is a national initiative for the federal government and the purpose of such is to assist very low income households afford private rental units/homes that are decent, safe and affordable. The housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, and they are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. The program functions as follows:

  • Families must apply to the waiting list
  • Selections from the wait list are based on eligibility per program administrative plan
  • A HCV is issued to the family and the family searches for housing
  • A Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection is conducted
  • Our office determines whether their rent to owner is reasonable
  • Landlord lease and Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract is executed

The family or individual receiving the voucher is responsible for finding a suitable unit whose owner is willing to participate in the program. The assistance payment is paid directly to the participating landlord on behalf of the Section 8 tenant. The family or individual pays the remaining difference between the actual rent and the subsidy amount.

If the HCV Section 8 waiting list is open you can request an application by phone, email or by coming to our office. During the application process, information on family composition, income, and assets will be collected by our office. We will verify this information and use it to determine the family’s eligibility and the amount of their housing assistance payment. If we determine that a family is eligible, we will place the family on a waiting list. Once a family is chosen from the waiting list, we will contact them and issue them a housing voucher.

Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Housing Subsidy Program (NHTD) Forms

Eligibility: Participants must be in receipt of Medicaid Waiver SErvices and capable of living in the community with needed assistance from available informal supports; and at least 18 years of age or older.

Support at Home:  The NHTD Medicaid Waiver Services are administered through a network of 9 Regional Resource Development Centers (RRDC), each covering specific counties throughout the State. The contact person at the RRDC is the Regional Resource Development Specialist (RRDS).

Some of the responsibilities of the RRDS include:

  • Outreaching to potential participants;
  • Assisting participants with accessing providers for Service Coordination;
  • Determining whether an applicant participant meets eligibility requirements for the waiver.

Service Coordination: The Service Coordinator (SC) will assist the waiver participant’s transition to independence and integration into the community, as well as assure his/her health and welfare. The SC works with the participant to develop an individualized service plan that incorporates the participant’s choices of supports and services while assuring the participant’s health and welfare as well as assisting in his/her search for housing, including completion of housing related forms.

Safe, Decent, Affordable & Accessible Housing:

  • A house, manufactured house or apartment can be rented through the NHTD Housing Subsidy. Rental units must have their own entrance, bathroom, kitchen and living space.
  • The NHTD Housing Subsidy is not available for assistance with mortgage payments.
  • Environmental Modification (E-mod) Services is a DOH Waiver Service available to make internal and external physical adaptations to the home. These modifications enable the waiver participant to function with greater independence and prevent institutionalization.
  • Modifications may also be made using DHCR’s Access to Home Program; these programs can be combined to complete necessary adaptations to rentals.
  • Funded through a State appropriation, the NHTD Housing Subsidy will initially be provided as needed with no waitlists or limitations on program size.
  • Housing Assistance payments may not exceed local payment standards.

Please contact our office directly for further information.

 

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

 

The New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) Statewide Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program administers the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program which helps Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher tenants achieve economic independence.

The primary objective of the FSS Program, administered under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is to provide opportunities to low-income Section 8 families for education, job training, counseling and other forms of social service assistance, so they may obtain the education, employment and business and social skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

HCR’s FSS Program began as a demonstration program in 1992 with approximately 100 participant families in six counties. It is now a successful statewide program administered via HCR’s Local Administrator (LA) Network in over thirty counties, with a current enrollment of nearly 2,200 families. To date, over 1,800 families have successfully completed and graduated from the HCR Statewide FSS Program.

Each FSS Program combines stable, affordable housing with case management provided in most cases by the local FSS Coordinator to help participants access the services needed to achieve the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency. Participation is voluntary and is available to families who are currently receiving assistance from HCR’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Eligible families means current housing choice voucher program participants.

The FSS Program’s objectives include:

  • Providing FSS resources to all Section 8 families that desire to become economically independent.
  • Establishing working partnerships with public and private agencies to gain access to the activities and supportive services needed by program participants in order to successfully complete their contracted goals.
  • Addressing service issues that are identified as barriers to FSS families becoming economically self-sufficient.
  • Providing FSS families with a service plan that is based on their strengths and needs and realistic outcomes.
  • Implementing a case management system with the FSS Coordinator’s support that will encourage and support FSS families to become self-sufficient.
  • Providing ongoing evaluation to address program effectiveness.

Goal achievement and asset building are important elements of successful program completion. Once enrolled, FSS participant families are required to develop a five-year Training and Services Plan that charts the steps needed to achieve mutually identified goals. Goals can include obtaining a G.E.D or college degree, gaining employment or finding a new job with higher earnings, starting a business or buying a home via participation in the HCR Section 8 Homeownership Program.

The family successfully completes the FSS Program when the head of household has obtained full-time employment and all family members are free from receiving welfare assistance.

If you would like more information about the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, please contact HCR’s Statewide Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program for a list of HCR Local Administrators that administer the FSS Program directly, or visit the HUD web site at http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/hcv/fss.cfm

Project-based Vouchers

Project-based vouchers are a component of a public housing agencies (PHAs) housing choice voucher program.  The owner of our participating units have agreed to set-aside a portion of the units in an existing development.  These are subsidized, and all units must meet HUD housing quality standards. Our office currently maintains Project Based Units at two apartment complexes within Saratoga County:

Council Meadows-16 Project Based Units

Council Meadows is a senior complex with a caring community, located in Burnt Hills, NY. There are eligibility requirements to live at Council Meadows as the complex is limited by federal law to certain very low, low or moderate-income 62 years of age or over; handicapped or disabled residents regardless of age.  Appliances are included, consisting of Refrigerator, stove, range/hood. Ample closet and storage space.

All apartments have wall to wall carpet and vinyl flooring. Health and Fire Emergency system, 24 hour emergency repair service. The units are professionally managed and maintained. Cost of water, sewer, snow and trash removal is included. Council Meadows is close to churches and is served by senior bus for shopping.

The units utilities average $145.00 monthly based on the most recent annual actual average used by tenants at the complex. However, the utility cost is highly dependent on your lifestyle.

Council Meadows has twenty-five ground level one-bedroom units with two apartments specifically designed to accommodate disabled or handicapped households. Of those twenty-five units, our office currently assists with 16 of those units.

Meadow View at Clifton Park, Senior Living Apartments. – 8 Project Based Units

This is a brand new complex for 55 year old and older senior apartments. The units are conveniently located close to shopping, transportation and churches. All units are one bedroom apartments with balconies or patios. They are fully equipped kitchens, dishwashers and garbage disposals, carpeting, window treatments, central air, elevators, community room, laundry facilities, exercise room, computer room, lighted parking and scheduled town shuttle service.

If you think you may wish to live at Council Meadow Apartments or Meadow View at Clifton Park, and would like to receive Section 8 rental assistance, please complete an application and return it to us as soon as possible. All applications are placed on a wait list based on the date we receive your request. You will receive an acknowledgement of such.