Participant Recertifications

Annual Recertification

Each year participants are required to provide the housing authority with verification of their income and household composition. This information will be used to determine their continued eligibility for the program. Should this result in a change in the subsidy, landlords will be notified of the changes and the date they are to take effect. It is important that this recertification is completed on time each year in order to remain in good standing with the program. If they should fail to do so, it could result in termination from the program.

Interim Recertification

Any changes to either income or household composition are required to be reported to the PHA. These changes must be reported within fifteen (15) calendar days of the change along with any verifying documentation. Should this result in a change in subsidy, landlords will be notified of the changes and the date they are to take effect.

Decreases in income or changes in household composition that would decrease the Total Tenant Payment, and are reported on or before the 20th day of the month, will be effective on the 1st day of the month following the change. Decreases reported after the 20th day of the month will be effective the 1st day of the 2nd month following the reported change.

Increases in Total Tenant Payment are effective on the first day of the month after tenants have been given thirty (30) calendar days written notice. Landlords cannot require tenants to pay any increase in rent prior the effective date given by the agency, however, the PHA will apply changes retroactively for any that are unable to be verified within the required timeframe.

If a tenant failed to report a change as required, the effective date will be retroactive to the month in where the change would have been effective if the family reported the change appropriately.

Landlords will be notified in writing of interim reexamination results and the effective date of any changes. The notification will also advise the participants of any opportunity for an informal hearing.