The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program allows low income citizens to find their own places to rent in Lubbock. Voucher holders are free to choose any house that meets minimum health and safety standards. Once a family finds a home that they wish to rent, LHA must inspect it to make sure that it meets HUD’s housing quality standards. LHA also checks to make sure that the rents are reasonable and within the fair market rent range for Lubbock. Households assisted through the Section 8 program pay 30% of their income toward the rent. Then LHA pays private landlords the difference between what participating households can afford and the rent for the units. Through this program, over 900 Lubbock families can receive rental assistance.
Ability to Move
Section 8 vouchers come with portability rights that allow voucher holders to leave LHA’s jurisdiction and use their voucher anywhere in the U.S. or its territories where there is a housing authority with a Section 8 program. Check with your caseworker to see how.
Resident Selection Criteria
Income eligibility limits for the Lubbock area are listed below:
|FY 2009 Income Limit Area||1 Person||2 Persons||3 Persons||4 Persons||5 Persons||6 Persons||7 Persons||8 Persons|
|Lubbock, TX MSA||$18,500||$21,150||$23,800||$26,450||$28,550||$30,700||$32,800||$34,900|
In addition to income limitations, other criteria include, but may not be limited to:
- A fully completed application must be made with management.
- Third party verification is done on all items completed on the application. False information will be reason for automatic rejection.
- Applicants who are not able to have utilities connected in their name will be rejected.
- Applicants and household members must pass a criminal background investigation. (Policy available at LCHA office).
Applicants will be notified by letter of acceptance or rejection of application. If rejected, applicants may reapply when the item causing rejection has been resolved. Successful applicants will be placed on the waiting list according to the date that all the above requirements have been met.