HCV Waiting List Opens

The Lexington Housing Authority (LHA) is opening the waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program beginning March 26 – March 30 , 2018. You must apply online only.  Below are instructions on how and where to apply for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) waiting list.

When Can I Apply?
The HCV waiting list will be open from March 26, 2018 at 12:00 am until March 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

How Do I Apply?
You can apply online at WebApp Applications, https://lexington.apply4housing.com. Any hour of the day from 12:00 am on March 26, 2018 through 11:59 pm on March 30, 2018.

You can use your smart phone or tablet at any place where you can access the internet using those devices.

For those that do not have Internet access at home, LHA is partnering with community organizations to offer locations with Internet access. Click here to view a listing of available locations.

What is a Request for Reasonable Accommodation?
A Reasonable Accommodation ensures that person with disabilities have full access to all LHA programs and services. Any applicant or resident may at any time during the application process or tenancy, request a reasonable accommodation to allow a disabled family to meet lease requirements or other requirements of tenancy.

Accommodations for disabled or non-English speaking residents will be made available upon advance request by calling (859) 281-5051. Persons with hearing or speech impairments can receive assistance contacting the LHA by dialing 7-1-1 to reach the Kentucky Telephone Relay Service.

If you do not have Internet access at home and, due to a disability, you are unable to get to a community partner location, please call 859 281 5051 for assistance with completing your application.

What Information Do I need to complete the Application?
For every person that will be living in your Section 8 assisted household, you will need their name, date of birth and Social Security number.

You will need your current mailing address.

You will need information about the total annual household income. Income includes wages, unemployment benefits, Social Security, Social Security Disability, Supplemental Income (SSI), retirement and pension payments, KTAP, child support, self-employment, temporary agency employment. Any money or resource that is coming into the household from an outside source is income.

Tips on Completing the Pre-Application Form
  1. List names of all individuals who will live with you. 
  2. List current address, phone number, and email address if applicable. It is important that you give us an address where you can be reached. Future appointment letters will be mailed to the address on your application.
  3. List all household income for all household members
  4. Complete Criminal Record portion of application
  5. Complete Housing History ( It is important that you answer these questions correctly. This could determine your position on the waiting list).

Do I Need An Email Address To Apply Online?
No. You do not need an email address to complete an application. However, families are strongly encouraged to have an email address and to list it on your application. It is your responsibility to keep your application updated.

What if I need More Help?
For families that do not have Internet access at home and have difficulty getting to a location with internet access due to accessibility or mobility issues, assistance is available by calling (859) 281-5051.

Starting, March 26, 2018 this number will be available from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM to assist you with any concerns.

How Will the Application Process Work?
LHA will receive pre-applications submitted online between March 26, 2018 – March 30, 2018.  After the waiting list closes, you will be placed on the list based upon whether or not you have a preference, date and time of application. All duplicate and incomplete pre-applications will be removed. Each household can only have one pre-application on file for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

What is a Preference?
The LHA will select families based on the following preference based on local housing needs and priorities. They are consistent with the Lexington Housing Authority’s MTW Annual Plan and Consolidated Plan that covers our jurisdiction.

A-Eligible families who are displaced by LHA action receive a preference during time of relocation.

B-An eligible head of household who is a veteran.

The applicant head of household who is a veteran. For the purposes of determining eligibility for this preference the term “veteran includes anyone who wore the uniform of any military forces. It does not include National Guard members who were never called up for service. 

C-Up to 20% of the Housing Choice Vouchers shall be utilized by LHA’s Special Partners.

D-Applicant households with a permanent physical residence in Kentucky.

Eligibility for Local Residency Preference must be demonstrated by having a permanent physical residence within the jurisdictional area. Physical residence shall be defined as a domicile with a mailing address, other than a post office box, for which the applicant can produce one or more of the following: a lease or a purchase agreement, utility bills showing the claimed residence address, or two pieces of first class mail addressed to a member of the applicant household at the claimed address.

E-All other applicants.

Based on the above preferences, all families in preference A will be offered housing before any families in preference B, and preference B families will be offered housing before any families in preference C.

The position of the family on the HCV waiting list will be utilized to determine the sequence within the above-prescribed preferences.

Eligibility and Program Rules
A full explanation of all the eligibility requirements and program rules can be found at LHA’s HCV Administrative Plan. A summary of the requirements are listed below.
  • The HCV program utilizes privately owned rental properties which are leased to voucher holders.
  • The HCV participant Total Family Contribution must pay the greater of minimum rent of $150 or at least 30% of their adjusted income. The Housing Authority will pay the balance based on comparable and reasonable rents in the area.
  • All units must meet Housing Quality Standards
  • The landlord must be willing to participate in the program.
  • For disabled households the total family contribution is the greater of minimum rent of $50 or at least 30% of their adjusted income.