The Most Northeastern City in the United States.

Caribou Housing Authority


Caribou Municipal Building
25 High St
Caribou, Maine 04736
Lisa Plourde, Housing Director
Phone: (207) 493-4234
Fax: (207) 376-0178
E-mail: housing@cariboumaine.org

 


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Policies & Procedures

Program Forms

Reporting Fraud

About Us


 


 News & Events

 

Interested in applying for Section 8 Rental Assistance?

Effective immediately, you can now apply for Section 8 on-line.  Go to:

http://mainesection8centralwaitlist.org/dup/.

Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List

 


We need your help!

The Caribou Housing Authority is in need of local community members to serve on our Board of Commissioners.  Several seats are available.  Applications can be filled out at our office, 25 High Street, during normal business hours through February 28th.


No automatic alt text available.Keep An Eye On Your     Mail Box

The Caribou Housing Agency is purging the Section 8/HCV Waiting List. If you receive a letter from us in the mail with a “Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List Pre-Application”, you NEED to fill it out and send it back to the Caribou Housing Agency no later than December 20th.

Any letters/applications that were put in the mail today that are not received back by December 20th, will be REMOVED from the waiting list (no exceptions.


New Section 8/HCV Waiting List Application

The Caribou Housing Agency is currently working with several Housing Authorities in the State of Maine to combine all Section 8/HCV waiting list into one, and to make it more accessible.    Though we are not linked up to the new waiting list website,  we are starting to use the new  Maine Centralized Section 8 – Waiting List Pre-Application.

 


How to Avoid  Housing Scams

Be aware of Section 8 housing scams.  When search for your new home, protect yourself from becoming a victim of Section 8 or affordable housing scams.  If you are researching housing on the Internet, you must be aware of several possible traps.  Learn what to avoid by watching this informative short video on housing scam prevention.


Direct Deposit Portal 

Landords, HAPCheck is a centralized, secure, web-based program for producing on-line statements for owners.  HAPCheck gives 24/7 access to statements, view and print statements, securing handling of information, and stores statements for up to 18 months.

In order to access HAPCheck you, as the landlord, will need your Tax ID number and your issued password from the Caribou Housing Agency.

 

 

 

The Caribou Housing Agency’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) (aka Section 8) Program allows low-income families to rent quality housing in the private market via federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  

Through the HCV Program, CHA pays a portion of eligible families’ rent each mo nth directly to the landlord.  Families can use their voucher to rent a house, mobile home or apartment in the private market throughout the jurisdiction of the Caribou Housing Agency.  Because there are more families who need rental assistance than there are funds available, CHA uses a waiting list to administer the program to eligible families.

The following steps summarizes the process to become a HCV Family:

  1. Apply  by submitting a pre-application
  2. Upon selection from waiting list, complete full application and attend interview
  3. Attend a Voucher Briefing
  4. Select a rental unit with your voucher
  5. Await inspection results
  6. Sign the lease
  7. Move in, pay rent and utilities
  8. Comply with HUD and CHA’s rules and regulations

Once a family has been issued a Voucher through the Caribou Housing Agency, the family has the option to participate in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program.  The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a voluntary program designed to assist family in becoming economically independent and self-sufficient.  The FSS Coordinator will assist the family with appropriate support services and resources in the community assist in choosing a career path, setting realistic goals, overcoming barriers to success, and   helping to become gainfully employed.  

After one year of being on the Section 8 Program, participants have the option of participating in the Homeownership Program, while having the security of the Section 8 Program.  The program allows the monthly Section 8 payment to be used to cover mortgage and other homeownership costs.