Welcome to the Housing Choice Voucher Program!
WHAT IS HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER?
The Housing Choice Voucher operated by Jasper County Public Housing Agency (JCPHA) sometimes called simply HCV or Section 8, can provide monthly rental assistance to people struggling to meet their basic needs. In general a household won't pay more than 30% of their monthly income toward rent while HCV program would pay the rest. As long as the rent is reasonable and the house passes the required inspections, families are free to choose a home that meets their needs. The home must also be within the service area of Jasper County Public Housing Agency. That area is anywhere within Barton, Jasper, Newton, or McDonald Counties that is outside the city limits of Joplin.
HOW AM I ELIGIBLE?
To be eligible your gross household income (before taxes) must fall below an amount established by HUD and updated annually. Household income includes wages, social security, disability, money from odd jobs or even the amount of your bills that someone else may be paying for you. Click on this link for the Income Limits and see if you might be eligible. Remember, once you apply for assistance and your application is accepted you will still have to have a pre-eligiblity appointment before a voucher is issued to you to confirm eligibility.
WHAT IS THE WAIT TIME FOR ASSISTANCE?
The wait time for most applicants is approximately 18 to 24 months from the time you submit an application to when applicants are called in for their pre-eligibility meeting.