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 where the landlord is willing to accept the voucher payment. Housing Choice Vouchers are administered for Beaufort County by Beaufort Housing Authority. Beaufort Housing Authority receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 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 may 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 directly to the landlord by Beaufort Housing Authority 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.
As of 10/1/2022, Beaufort Housing Authority currently has an allocation of 642 vouchers, including 28 HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Vouchers. The Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Plan establishes guidelines for applicant eligibility and continued rental assistance.
If you wish to view our HCV Administrative Plan, please come by our office during office hours.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8:30 - 4:30 EST
(Closed 1-2 for Lunch)
Thursday: 8:30 - 1:00 EST
Usually, Voucher holders pay 30% of their adjusted gross income for rent; however, you may pay 30% or more of your adjusted gross income depending on the cost of the unit you choose. You can choose any reasonable rent unit that fits your family size and budget. If you are able and willing to pay the amount above what the HA can pay, your ability to take the unit will depend on the 40% affordability determination. The family's share of the rent may not exceed 40% of their monthly income, and the contract rent plus utility allowance may not exceed the HA rent payment standard. Your casework will help you make these determinations.
BHA will use Up Front Verification, which may include but is not limited to EIV and Work Number verification of household income.