MOHAVE COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY (MCHA)
Mohave County Housing Authority (MCHA) was created in 1990 by Mohave County Board of Supervisors to provide various housing programs for low income families. MCHA works in partnership with the city governments in order to provide these services. Housing programs include: Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Rental Assistance Programs and Supportive Housing Program (SHP) for the Seriously Mentally Ill. MCHA initially secured 50 certificates in 1990. To date, MCHA currently assists approximately 375 individual and families under the Housing Choice Voucher, Supportive Housing Program (SHP) and Housing for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) programs. MCHA does have any public housing units, all the programs administered by MCHA are voucher based.
Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) –Section 8:
The HCV Program provides rental assistance to low income participants and is the largest rental subsidy program administered by MCHA. Subsidy is tied to the tenant not the housing unit. This allows the family to choose an apartment, house, mobile home, etc. that they like as long as it meets certain requirements for housing quality and is within the Fair Market Rent established by HUD. The Landlord and Tenant negotiate and sign a lease agreement. The Landlord/Owner of the property must also be willing to sign a contract with the Housing Authority. The family pays its portion of the contract rent (based on income).
Waiting List Status
The Section 8 tenant based rental assistance program waiting list is currently closed.
It is the policy of MCHA to administer portable vouchers for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and to not absorb.
Payment Standards - 2007 Payment Standards are listed below:
Housing Choice Voucher – Section 8 Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS)
The FSS Program provides the opportunity for Section 8 families to work on goals to reach economic self-sufficiency while their rent is subsidized. As an added bonus, an Escrow Account is set up and money is deposited into it as the participants earned income increases. Successful program graduates easily achieve accounts with over $10,000.00.
Housing Choice Voucher – Section 8 Homeownership Program
The American Dream has arrived for our Section 8 renters. An opportunity for ownership is now available to all of the renters in our program. Renters are now able to purchase a home and use the subsidy towards a mortgage instead of rent.
Supportive Housing Program (SHP)
This program provides rental assistance to homeless, Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) participants. Applicants are referred from Mohave Mental Health and enrolled in programming and receiving support services. The current size of this program is 15 families county wide.
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
New for FY 2007, this program will provide rental assistance to participants so that they may find and obtain permanent, safe, and affordable housing. Applicants are referred from Mohave County Department of Public Health and are receiving medical and other support services.
Mohave County Community & Economic Development
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