HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (HCV)
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also known as Section 8, is a public/private partnership that provides vouchers (housing subsidies) to low-income families for use in the private rental housing market. It is funded and regulated by HUD. The Livermore Housing Authority (LHA) administers 723 vouchers which may be used to rent a unit from any landlord in Livermore eligible to participate in the program.
Households in this program earn 30 percent of area median income or less to qualify, and pay the portion of rent and utilities not covered by the voucher—typically 30 to 40 percent of monthly income. Please note that the eligibility requirements for the Housing Choice Voucher program differ from those of other programs.
The LHA determines a payment standard that is the amount generally needed to rent a moderately-priced dwelling unit in the local housing market and that is used to calculate the amount of housing assistance a family will receive. However, the payment standard does not limit and does not affect the amount of rent a landlord may charge or the family may pay.
A family which receives a housing voucher can select a unit with a rent that is below or above the payment standard. The housing voucher family must pay 30% of its monthly adjusted gross income for rent and utilities, and if the unit rent is greater than the payment standard the family is required to pay the additional amount. By law, whenever a family moves to a new unit where the rent exceeds the payment standard, the family may not pay more than 40 percent of its adjusted monthly income for rent.
Below is the the LHA's Payment Standards for new move-ins and annual reexaminations effective June 1, 2015.
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