|Caribou Municipal Building|
25 High Street
Caribou, Maine 04736
|Lisa Plourde, Executive Director|
Phone: (207) 493-4234
Fax: (207) 376-0178
HOW THE HCV PROGRAM WORKS
A PATH TO A BETTER LIFE
Sometimes a family just needs a little help to give hem a change at a solid future. With the HCV program, Caribou Housing Agency pays a portion of an eligible families’ rent directly to a private landlord. The family does their share and pays between 30 – 40% of their monthly income toward rent so that they may budget and save.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN HCV/SECTION 8
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program assists low-income families to more easily afford quality rental housing within the private rental market. Caribou Housing Agency receives its funding for the program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Currently, the Housing Choice Voucher (formerly known as Section 8) waitlist is OPEN. You may apply for the HCV Program at Maine Centralized Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List.
FIND HOUSING WITH YOUR VOUCHER
While on the program, families can use their vouchers to rent a house, duplex, or apartment within the Caribou area. Click here to find a listing of landlords to use your Housing Choice Voucher.
HOUSING QUALITY STANDARDS INSPECTION
HUD requires Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections before move-in and annually to ensure subsidized units are in good, safe, decent, and sanitary condition. If the owner does not maintain HQS, a complaint inspection may be performed.
ANNUAL RE-EXAMINATION PROCESS
HUD requires an annual review of all HCV participants. Caribou Housing Agency schedules annual appointments about 3 months before the lease expires and annual HQS inspections between 12-24 months since it’s last inspection. (Re-examinations by mail, or home visits, are available to clients with disabilities as a reasonable accommodation.)
As an applicant or participant in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, your family has the responsibility to abide by the rules and requirements of the program.
THE MOVING PROCESS
New families receive a voucher and Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) packet at the voucher briefing. Established families who are already on the program receive a Voucher and RFTA packet at the family’s request.
MOVING WITH YOUR VOUCHER “PORTABILITY”
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is a federal program. Families with an active housing choice voucher can transfer their assistance to any other city in the country that has a HCV Program. This program feature is known as portability. When a family transfers their voucher from another housing authority into Caribou, it is called “porting in.”
A family’s income determines a family’s rent portion. Families must report required changes timely so that Caribou Housing can accurately calculate rent portions.
TERMINATION OF ASSISTANCE
APPEALS & HEARINGS
Caribou Housing strives to nurture and promote opportunities for individuals and families so they can become financially independent. We offer a wide range of programs that provide hope and purpose. Some of these initiatives include: the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, and the Homeownership Program.
PROTECTION OF PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
Federal law offers protections to HCV Progam participants who:
- Have a disability
- Are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking
- Needs a translator because of Limited English Proficiency.
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