Housing Choice Voucher Program
Currently more than 3,000 families receive Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) and over 800 landlords participate in the very popular rental assistance program in Lexington. This program utilizes privately owned rental properties which are leased to voucher holders who pay the greater of $50.00 or 30% of their adjusted income or 10% of gross income, with the Housing Authority paying the balance based on comparable and reasonable rents with other unassisted units in the area. All units must meet Housing Quality Standards and the landlord must be willing to participate in the program. The HCV program provides assistance for low income families in the private rental market through the Housing Assistance Payments Program.
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (SECTION 8) WAITING LIST OPENING
The Lexington Housing Authority (LHA) will open the waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program April 24 – 28, 2023. LHA will accept pre-applications online only from 12:00 a.m., Monday, April 24 – 11:59 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2023.
When the waiting list opens, applications may be completed online by clicking HERE. Applicants can apply from anywhere with internet access. If you do not have internet access, computer access will be made available at the LHA Central Office located at 300 West New Circle Road, M-F, 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Accommodations for disabled, or non-English speaking residents, or the need for any other reasonable accommodation will be made available upon advance request by calling (859) 281-5060. Persons with hearing or speech impairments can receive assistance contacting the LHA by dialing 7-1-1 to reach the Kentucky Telephone Relay Service.
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
LANDLORDS NEEDED FOR SECTION 8 RENTAL ASSISTANCE
Advantages of Renting to Section 8 Participants:
On-Time Rent Payments
Fill Vacancies Faster
Lower Vacancy & Turnover Rates
Housing Choice Voucher participants select a unit from the private rental market. Rental assistance makes market rate housing affordable. Program participants normally pay no more than 30% of monthly adjusted income towards rent and utilities. The Housing Assistance Payment subsidizes the balance of the rent to the property owner.
The LHA's HCV waiting list is currently closed.
Tenants may view rental listings at GoSection8.
Even though a family is determined by the Housing Authority to be eligible for the program, the owner must approve the family as a suitable renter. The Housing Authority knows the owner has approved the family when a Request for Tenancy Approval form is submitted. If the lease and unit are satisfactory, the Housing Authority will enter into a contract with the owner, and the family will enter into a lease with the owner. After the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract and lease are signed, the Housing Authority makes the initial HAP payment and continues to make monthly payments to the owner as long as the family continues to meet eligibility criteria and the housing unit qualifies under the program.
LANDLORDS SEE INFORMATION ON PREVENTING EVICTIONS RELATED TO COVID-19 - Click HERE for details.
Advertising and locating property has never been easier!
The Housing Authority has partnered with GoSection8, which provides an enhanced program to list rental properties online. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or town homes in the private market. If you have any questions regarding registering, creating or viewing property listings, please contact the GoSection8 toll-free help line at 1-866-466-7328.
*Landlords click here to add your rental property.
*It is recommended that landlords add photos to their listings for better advertising and faster lease up.
**IMPORTANT NOTICE TO SECTION 8 LANDLORDS**
The Lexington Housing Authority has converted to a new software program. Beginning July 1, 2014 Section 8 landlords will need to re-enroll for access to your online account for Housing Assistance Payments (HAP). If you currently access your account on-line you must re-enroll to continue to have access to the HAP information. Should you need assistance, please call Aldean Pleasant, Manager at (859) 281-5025 or Tonya Christopher, Assistant Manager at (859) 281-5026.