The Rental Assistance Program, also referred as Section 8 Voucher Program, helps low income County residents by assisting them with their monthly rent payments.
Under the program, income-eligible tenants pay a minimum of thirty percent of their monthly incomes for rent and utilities and the Lancaster County Housing Authority pays the remaining portion of the rent. Tenants are given a housing voucher and they are responsible for locating a suitable rental unit. The landlord must agree to participate in the Program.
All types of rental housing (single family homes, apartments, duplexes, and mobile homes) are eligible as long as the rent is reasonable in comparison to the fair market rent limits established by US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the unit is decent, safe, and sanitary. Any units for which a household receives rental assistance must pass an annual inspection to ensure that the unit is safe and decent.
Family Self Sufficiency Program
Provides assistance to families that are currently holding Section 8 vouchers. The primary goal of the program is to help families develop the skills and resources they need to become self-sufficient. The families that are enrolled in this program have five years to reach the goals they have set up for themselves.