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Section 8

Applications MUST be returned in person. We accept applications for Section 8 on Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. We do NOT accept applications that have been dropped of or mailed in.

The Section 8 Voucher Program provides the opportunity for eligible singles, families, and elderly to relocate or remain in privately owned homes and receive rental assistance payments. Owners of mobile homes, apartments, or single unit dwellings may rent directly to low income families. Units must pass a housing quality inspection performed by our Housing Inspector. Owners receive a contract rent bases on fair market standards (established by HUD). At present, there are approximately 100 landlords participating in our Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Families receiving rental assistance pay rent of an amount not to exceed thirty percent (30%) of their adjusted gross annual income, or fifty ($50), whichever is greater. Rental assistance also includes an established utility allowance based on bedroom size they qualify for and what the individual landlord provides.

In addition to the Housing Choice Voucher program the EHDA also has 84 Moderately Rehabilitated (Mod Rehab) units in Elizabethton, Carter County, and Johnson County. The major difference in the Voucher and Mod Rehab programs is that Mod Rehab units are under a 15 year contract with private owners and the units are designated at a specific site. One a tenant is placed on one of these units they must remain there unless there is a change in family composition or medical requirements. Both program vacancies are filled from two waiting lists, Voucher only and Voucher/Mod Rehab. Therefore, when an applicant signs up for Section 8, they decide which waiting list to be put on. Offers are made to applicants depending on what becomes available in either program. The waiting list is based on date and time of application.