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Rental Assistance

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program: 

Under the HCV program, voucher-holders pay 30 to 40 percent of their household income towards the contract rent and utilities, the definition of affordable housing, with BHA paying the balance. This program includes both Tenant-based and Project-Based Voucher (PBV) rental assistance. Key aspects of this rental assistance include: 

  • Families and individuals with Section 8 Tenant-based Vouchers are permitted to choose the apartment and neighborhood that meets their needs, assuming certain conditions are met by the landlord, including meeting HUD Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and leasing the unit at reasonable contract rents.
  • Rental assistance provided by Section 8 PBV is attached to a particular apartment in a housing development. To secure a project-based assisted apartment, families apply to both BHA for the rental assistance and to the management agent of the housing development for the unit itself. Some of these units are owned by BHA, while other PBV-supported units are owned by non-profits in the community.

In order to receive rental assistance through BHA, you need to begin by filling out our preliminary application. BHA's application provides information on housing developments that have project-based vouchers, both apartments owned by BHA and by local non-profits. BHA-owned PBV properties include:

  • Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) properties, where preference is given to elderly individuals (62+) or people living with disabilities 
  • Family Development RAD properties, for individuals and families
  • Webster House in Winooski (requires a referral from Coordinated Entry at Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Sophie's Place housing for survivors of domestic violence (requires a referral from a qualifying agency or a self-referral that can be validated) 

Other Rental Assistance Programs: 

  • The HOPWA (Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS) program provides housing with supportive services for individuals living with AIDS and in scattered site apartments in the community. If you are interested in this program, contact Vermont CARES.
  • Continuum of Care (CoC) Grant programs combine rental assistance with supportive services for individuals with disabilities that are experiencing chronic homelessness. 
  • BHA provides rental subsidies that are administered by HUD's Multifamily Division. Specific BHA multifamily properties are available with these subsidies. 
  • The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is a voluntary saving incentive program, that is available to any BHA clients who has a Section 8 Voucher.

For more information on rental assistance at BHA, please contact: 

Janet Green
Director of Rental Assistance 
802-864-0538
jgreen@burlingtonhousing.org



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