What are designated housing program vouchers?
Designated housing vouchers enable non-elderly families with a disabled
person, who would be eligible for public housing if occupancy were
not restricted to elderly families to lease safe, decent and affordable
These vouchers also assist families affected by a PHA decision
to designate their buildings as "mixed elderly and disabled
buildings" but demonstrate a need for alternative resources
for families with a disabled person.
What organizations are eligible to apply for
designated housing vouchers funding from HUD?
PHAs authorized under state law to develop or operate housing assistance
programs may apply.
How do PHAs apply for voucher funding from HUD?
PHAs respond to Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs). Each NOFA
identifies allocation areas, amount of funds available per area,
and the selection criteria for rating and ranking applications.
What families are eligible to apply for the
Designated Housing vouchers?
Non-elderly families having a person with disabilities that are
income eligible and live in public housing that has been designated
for occupancy, or non-elderly families having a person with disabilities
who are on the PHAs public housing waiting list. Such families
need not be listed on the PHAs housing choice voucher waiting
list to be offered and receive a housing choice voucher. Instead
they may be admitted to the program as a special admission.
How does a PHA determine if a family is income
eligible for the Designated Housing vouchers?
The PHA compares the familys annual income (gross income)
with the HUD-established very low-income limit or low income limit
for the area. The family's gross income cannot exceed this limit.
How do families obtain designated housing program
Families apply to the local PHA that administers this program.
How do families obtain an apartment once they
have a voucher?
It is the responsibility of a family to find a unit that meets their
needs. If the family finds a unit that meets the housing quality
standards, the rent is reasonable, and the unit meets other program
requirements, the PHA executes a HAP contract with the property
owner. This contract authorizes the PHA to make subsidy payments
on behalf of the family. If the family moves out of the unit, the
contract with the owner ends and the family can move with continued
assistance to another unit
How much rent do vouchers cover?
The PHA pays the owner the difference between 30 percent of family
income and PHA determined payment standard or gross rent whichever
is lower. The family may choose a unit with a higher rent than the
payment standard and pay the owner the difference.
Do families have to lease a unit in the jurisdiction
where the PHA issued the voucher?
No. A family may choose a unit anywhere in the United States where
there is a PHA that administers a tenant based voucher program.
However, the family may only use the voucher to lease a unit in
an area where the family is income eligible at admission to the
What regulations cover this voucher?
Regulations are found in 24
CFR Part 982.