The Mohave County Housing Authority (MCHA) usually sees around 2,000 applications within the first month of opening the county’s Section 8 waiting list, and county officials don’t anticipate this opening to be any different. According to Housing and Community Revitalization Manager Dave Wolf, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List will be open from Friday April 3rd to Friday May 29th. “No property tax revenues are used to fund this program,” Supervisor Buster Johnson stated. “The federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program provides our local housing authority with the funds to administer this,” Johnson continued.
Revitalization Manager Dave Wolf stated that the program will provide rental subsidies for low-income, elderly and disabled individuals and families throughout Mohave County. “Our Section 8 Voucher Rental Assistance Program is a tenant-based program,” Wolf stated. “This means that the assistance belongs to the participating families and is not tied to the rental units. This gives families the ability to move their assistance from one rental to another without the fear of losing the assistance,” Wolf explained.
For residents interested in applying, the MCHA will be accepting applications from households with incomes that do not exceed 50% of the area median income for Mohave County. This figure is established by HUD. According to Wolf, an applicant’s position on the list is determined by local preferences established by the MCHA. “We give preferences to certain situations. For example, an elderly or disabled head of household or spouse/co-head will receive 35 points whereas a family not working or going to school will receive 30,” Wolf explained. Those who qualify for local preferences will be given priority over non-preference families.
HUD created the rental assistance program back in the 1970s. According to Wolf the program was revamped in the late 1990s. “Instead of funds going to build apartment complexes for people to live in who need assistance, the funding now goes directly to the families so they can live in affordable private sector housing,” Wolf explained. The amount Mohave County receives is not based on a dollar amount, but on the amount of vouchers the county receives. According to Wolf, the county was given 284 regular vouchers and 63 vouchers that must be specified for homeless veterans last fiscal year. “Applicants are put on the waiting list and then when a current participant moves out of the program, another individual or family who has been on the waiting list can go on the program,” Wolf continued.
During the 2 month open period, the MCHA will be accepting applications Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at all three locations in Mohave County.
Applications will only be accepted in person.