VCHC administers locally for New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) Housing Choice Voucher Program for Saratoga County.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rental assistance and home ownership option to extra low and very low income households in New York State.
The HCV program goal is to enable eligible house rent or purchase decent, safe, and sanitary housing available in the private market.
Housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family directly to the owner. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. The dollar amount of HCV Program Housing Assistance Payments will vary depending on the income of the family or individual and the approved rent/mortgage for the unit.
Participants are able to utilize their voucher to find suitable housing which may include single-family homes, mobile homes, townhouses and high rise apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. This unit may include the family's present residence.
The unit must be found affordable and the rent reasonable when compared to other rentals in the surrounding area. Rental units must meet minimum housing quality standards of health and safety, as determined by DHCR and Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by VCHC based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.
Eligibility limits are subject to change and a higher percentage of vouchers must be given to families with extra low income as compared to families with very low income.
The wait lists are open for to two HCR subsidized housing projects. Twelve one-bedroom units are located in Burnt Hills and eight one-bedroom units are located in Rexford.
Individuals must meet both income criteria and must be 55 years old or older and/or disabled.
Individuals must apply and be approved by project management separately.
The one and three bedroom units are reduced rate flat rents as mandated by the Housing Trust Fund Priorities for the lowest income eligible participants are made.
The two bedroom units are by waiting list, rent is based on a sliding scale with the current ceiling rent set at $1006.