The Section 8 program is financed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide rental assistance to low-income families. An eligible Section 8 applicant receives assistance by means of a voucher. 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 may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA (Public Housing Agency).
A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family is responsible for paying the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. The rent cannot exceed the contract amount established between the landlord and PHA. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the PHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.
Am I Eligible?
Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by the PHA based on the annual gross income and family size and is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family's income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, a PHA must provide 75% of its vouchers to applicants whose income do not exceed 30% of the area median income. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location. The PHA serving your community can provide you with the income limits for your area and family size. You may also do a Quick Facts search with the US Census Bureau by clicking here.
Eligibility for residents of Craven, Jones, and Pamlico Counties:
- Low Income
- US Citizen OR Documented Alien Certification
- 18 years or older OR Emancipated Head of Household
During the application process, the PHA will collect information on family income, assets, and composition. The PHA will verify this information with other local agencies, your employer, and bank and will use the information to determine program eligibility and the amount of the housing assistance payment.
If the PHA determines that your family is eligible, the PHA will add your name to the waiting list unless they are able to assist you immediately. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, the PHA will contact you to complete the process. The waiting period is typically between three and 36 months.
How to Apply
If you would like for your name to be placed on our Section 8 Waiting List please click the link,Twin Rivers Opportunities, Inc. Waiting List Application, and complete the 2 page form. Please be advised that the second page is not mandatory but if you opt not to complete it you must check the box stating so and sign and date the bottom. The application will open in Adobe Reader and is a fillable form that can be saved to your computer. To ensure that your form is saved correctly follow these steps: Save the file above to your desktop computer with a filename of Your First Name_Your Last Name, Go to your desktop and open the saved file, complete the form in its entirety and save again. Attach the saved file to your email. Please complete the application in its entirety and submit it to our office via mail, fax, OR email to:
Once your completed application has been received you will be put on our waiting list and you will be contacted once your name comes up. Please note that incomplete applications WILL NOT be processed. For a complete list of the steps in this process please click here.
Notice is hereby given that the Administrative Plan for Twin Rivers Opportunities, Inc. will update on Wednesday April 1, 2015 to include the following change:
Effective April 1, 2015, if neither the household head or spouse of an assisted family already had a ‘domicile’ (legal residence) in the jurisdiction of Craven, Jones, or Pamlico counties at the time when the family first submitted an application for participation in the program, then the family must lease a unit within those jurisdictions for at least one year (12 months) from the time the family is admitted to the program. The family will not have the right to portability until that 12 month period is over.
Comments and/or questions to these changes may be made in our office on Monday March 30, 2015 between the hours of 5pm - 6pm at Twin Rivers Opportunities, Inc., 318 Craven Street, New Bern, NC 28560.
HUD Section 8 Home Ownership Voucher Program
If you are already a Twin River's Opportunities, Inc. Section 8 participant, you may be eligible for payments toward home ownership instead of rental assistance.
If you are interested in our Section 8 Program or owning your home do not hesitate to contact us at:
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