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What is Section 8? Section 8 is a federal housing subsidy allocated by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through local housing authorities.
Benefits o The recipient pays 30% of his/her income toward rent and utilities. The housing authority pays the rest up to a payment standard set by HUD. o The recipient can use this voucher to rent from any private market landlord.
Benefits o The recipient can take his/her voucher with them anywhere in the United States. o The recipient can keep his/her voucher for as long as they continue to qualify (as long as they follow the rules of the program)… there are no time limits.
King County has 3 Housing Authorities o Seattle Housing Authority serves the city limits of Seattle. o Renton Housing Authority serves the city of Renton. o King County Housing Authority serves the remainder of King County.
Snohomish County has 2 Housing Authorities o Everett Housing Authority serves the city of Everett. o Snohomish County Housing Authority serves the remainder of Snohomish County.
Pierce County has 2 Housing Authorities o Tacoma Housing Authority serves the city limits of Tacoma. o Pierce County Housing Authority serves the remainder of Pierce County.
Housing Access and Services Program (HASP) o King County Housing Authority has a special program for people with disabilities. o It began in January of 2000. 2492 people with disabilities in King County have received a voucher through this program.
How do I get Section 8 in King County? o If you are an adult with disabilities and you have a case manager through the Division of Developmental Disabilities Region 4, you may be eligible to receive a voucher through HASP. o Contact your DDD case manager.
Snohomish and Pierce Counties Contact the housing authorities in your county to find out how to get on their waiting lists.
Reasonable Accommodation o Reasonable accommodation allows people with disabilities to request exceptions to the rules of the Section 8 program based on their special needs. o Many things possible for people with disabilities who have a Section 8 voucher.
Most Common Accommodations Requests o An extra bedroom for a live-in care provider o Shared housing o Renting from a relative
Live -in Care Provider If a person with disabilities needs overnight support, the housing authority may issue them an extra bedroom without considering the income of the provider.
Shared Housing o Shared housing is when a person with a voucher shares a house or apartment with someone who does not have a voucher, or o When multiple people with vouchers share a house or apartment (this allows people with disabilities to share support hours)
Renting From A Relative o Renting from a relative is not allowed for most people on the Section 8 program. o If you are a person with disabilities, you can request reasonable accommodation to rent from a relative.
Creative Solutions o No two housing solutions are the same. o Our goal is to share with you what some families have done and to inspire you to believe in the possibilities.