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Due to response concerning our recent Section 8 applications, here are a few Questions & Answers (Q & A).

How does the selection process work?
Applications are selected by a random drawing and availability of funding.

When will I know if my application is accepted?
Applications are considered "accepted" once placed on the Wait-list. Call 620-5400 periodically to determine if your application was placed on the Wait-list.

Applications may not yet reach the Wait List because applications are still being processed for the wait list; or your application is missing information (which you will receive notification to supply by a specific date).

When an Application reaches the top of the Wait List, criminal record and income will be reviewed.

Applicants who do not meet the preliminary guidelines, or who do not provide all documentation within the required time frame, will be sent denial notification, reasons for the denial, and review information.

Applicant who meet the preliminary requirements will receive notification to complete and provide a packet of information for a briefing of the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

When do I report an address change, if I am moving or don't have a permanent address?
You must keep your address information current with PCHA and immediately report, in writing, any changes of your mailing address. Failure to keep your mailing address current with PCHA could result in missed deadlines and/or appointments, resulting in withdrawal of your application.

Is there a time limit to reply give information about my application?
Any correspondences from PCHA about your application, will advise you of the appointment date or deadline date to respond. You must cooperate to avoid withdrawal of your application.

Is assistance guaranteed once I receive my voucher?
Assistance is not committed until a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract is signed with PCHA and the Owner (and Dwelling Lease signed by Owner and Tenant is provided to PCHA for the same Lease term). Before a HAP Contract is executed, the following must be done: (These items are discussed in details at the Voucher Briefing).

Tenant submits to PCHA a completed Request for Tenancy Approval (RTA) by the Voucher deadline date.

The RTA and the unit are approved by PCHA Funding is available to support the assistance agreement.

Because funding is made available on a first-come first-served basis, Voucher recipients, are encouraged to submit your completed RTA as soon as possible.

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