The Housing Choice Voucher program is a partnership between 3 parties:
In this partnership, each participant must be careful to uphold their part to ensure beneficial success. Each party has specific responsibilities they must adhere to in order to continue in the program.
The PHA is a local agency that oversees the Housing Choice Voucher Program within their own jurisdiction. They are responsible for many aspects of the program, including, but not limited to:
Every housing authority and its employees and representatives are governed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It is bound to audits at any time by both HUD and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Under the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the owner may be either an individual or a business entity. In some cases, the owner might not manage their own property and may have enlisted a property manager, management company, or agent to operate on their behalf. In either case, the rights and responsibilities remain the same, and include, but are not limited to:
The landlord will enter a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract with the agency. Once the landlord signs the contract, they are stating their agreement to comply with the program’s regulations in exchange for the housing assistance payments. If the landlord does not comply, the agency may stop payments to the landlord and take other enforcement actions per the contract. If the landlord falls out of compliance with the lease agreement, the tenant may pursue enforcement through legal channels as needed.
Whether the household consists of one person or several members, each member of the household is required to follow all the policies of the program. The participant’s rights and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
The Participant Must Not:
If the family does not uphold their responsibilities as outlined by program policies and procedures, the agency may terminate their participation in the program.
If the family falls out of compliance with the terms of their lease the landlord may terminate the lease. Keep in mind that the agency does not get involved in tenant/landlord disputes and has no jurisdiction to settle conflicts outside of the policies of the program.