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March 23, 2014

WHA taking Section 8 requests

The Weatherford Housing Authority, 1125 W. Oak St., is currently taking applications from families who might need housing assistance. Families can apply for the Section 8 Voucher Program.

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.

Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies. The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit can include the family’s present residence.

Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

For more information contact WHA Executive Director Rosie Mucifio at 817-596-0300.

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