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Voucher Term & Suspensions

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

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Term of your Housing Voucher

Your Housing Choice Voucher is valid for sixty (60) calendar days.  During the 60 days, you must find a suitable unit where the landlord is willing to participate in the program and you must submit a Request for Tenancy Approval (RTA) located in the briefing packet. (Note: only a sample RTA is available through this web site; an original RTA must be used to submit a unit for approval).

When you have found a unit you want to rent and the landlord is willing to participate in the HCV program, you must submit your Request for Tenancy Approval” (RTA). This form must be completed and signed by you and the landlord.  If the RTA is complete and meets all requirements, the Housing Agency will schedule a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspection on the unit.   You will be notified as quickly as possible as to the results of the inspection.   If the unit passes inspection, you and your landlord will sign a lease (provided by landlord) and a Tenancy Addendum issued by the Housing Authority.  The lease addendum will contain your portion of the rent.

If your Housing Choice Voucher is about to expire, you may submit a written request for an extension on the Housing Search Extension Request form.  Such requests must be received at least five (5) calendar days prior to the expiration date of your voucher.

You must also include your completed Housing Search Reort (located in the briefing packet).  The Housing Agency will review each family’s request to evaluate the efforts made to find a rental unit and any problems that are causing the delay in finding suitable housing.   If an extension is allowed, the Housing Agency may grant an extension not to exceed a total of 30 days.  If your Housing Choice Voucher expires, your application for housing assistance through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program will be cancelled.

Warning:  The Housing Agency has a limited amount of funding with which to administer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.  Therefore, although you have been given a deadline by which to find a unit and begin participation in the program, the Housing Agency cannot guarantee that funding will be available to assist you while you are locating a unit.  Therefore, it is in your best interest to find an acceptable unit as soon as possible, in order to maximize your chances of beginning your rental assistance.

Voucher Suspension Policy

If the Housing Agency determines that there is insufficient funding to enter into additional HAP contracts, and / or insufficient funding for the HAP contracts that are already in place, the Housing Agency will suspend vouchers in the following way.   Prior to delaying or suspending the assistance of any applicants or participants (families under contract), the Housing Agency will first take any and all administrative steps available to remedy the situation.

  1. Applicants who have been issued vouchers but have not yet leased a unit will have their vouchers suspended until such time as funding becomes available.
  2. If funding is still insufficient, participants who are in the middle of a transfer and have not leased up in a new unit will have their transfer voucher suspended until such time as funding becomes available.
  3. As a last resort, if funding is still insufficient, the Housing Authority will suspend the contracts of existing program participants beginning with the families most recently admitted to the program.

When funding becomes available, assistance will be restored in the following order:

  1. Recently admitted families who had their contracts suspended (#3, above) will have their assistance restored first.
  2. Participants who were in the middle of a transfer (#2, above) will have their assistance restored second
  3. Applicants who had been issued an initial voucher but had not yet leased up (#1, above) will have their assistance restored last.