Section 8 Housing Assistance

SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To be eligible for Section 8, a household must first meet income requirements.  All Section 8 participants must have an initial gross annual income of less than 50% of area median income. Under the program, the tenant pays a minimum of 30% of their income toward their housing costs.  The program pays the difference between the rent amount and household income, up to a set payment standard.

INCOME LIMITS: Effective 4-1-2019

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
50% 26,100 29,800 33,550 37,250 40,250 43,250 46,200 49,200

PAYMENT STANDARDS: Effective 11-1-2018

OBD 1 BD 2 BD 3 BD 4 BD 5 BD
609 728 920 1196 1491 1558

OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday & Thursday from 8 am - Noon

HOW TO APPLY

The waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is currently closed. Applications are not being taken at this time.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

We want to ensure equal access and participation of all persons interested in our housing programs. If you have a disability requiring an accommodation for participation in the program, please let us know. To request a Reasonable Accommodation you must complete and return the Reasonable Accommodation form. Examples of an accommodation may include:

  • A change in the way we communicate with you or give you information;  
  • A person-to-person meeting to help explain program rules;  
  • An interpreter (sign language for hearing impaired);
  • Large print documents (for visually impaired);
  • A change in a rule or policy that will provide an equal opportunity for you or your family to participate in the program.

LOCAL PREFERENCES  

Cedar Falls has adopted local preferences as outlined below. Applicants will be assigned applicable local preferences, based on the documentation provided with the application.  

LOCAL PREFERENCE DESCRIPTION DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED
PREFERENCE 1 Families who have legal domicile in Cedar Falls or work in Cedar Falls.

Elderly Head of Household (62 years or older).

Disabled Head of Household.

Photo ID and social security cards for all adults.

Birthdates /social security number for all dependent children.

Lease or utility bill in the name of the applicant, showing residence within city limits of Cedar Falls (if applicable).

Letter or paystub from a business operating in Cedar Falls (if applicable).

Receipt of SSI or Statement of Disability form (if applicable).
PREFERENCE 2 Families who do not have legal domicile in Cedar Falls. Photo ID and social security card for adults.

Birthdates and social security numbers for all children.

PREFERENCE 3 Single non-elderly, non-disabled individuals. Photo ID and social security card.

WAITING LIST - currently CLOSED

Due to the number of applications on file, calls to inquire about your number on the Waiting List are discouraged. If you are contacting the office to ask about your number on the Waiting List, staff will only advise you if your application is active.

FAIR HOUSING

The City of Cedar Falls will not discriminate against any applicant, participant, or any client because of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin or ancestry, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or familial status; nor will any criteria be applied, nor information be considered, pertaining to attributes or behavior that may be imputed by some to a particular group or category.

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

Your rental assistance is important. We want those who qualify to have every opportunity to participate in the program. All participants have certain responsibilities to ensure the funds are being properly spent and to make sure that the participant is paying the proper amount of rent that is affordable and correctly calculated. Participants who do not accept their responsibilities will be terminated from the program.

PROPERTY OWNERS / LANDLORDS

Owners interested in participating in the Section 8 program may contact the Housing Assistance Office at (319) 273-8669. To participate, owners must have no ongoing code enforcement issues and must meet all other local rental property requirements. Properties must pass an initial Housing Quality Standards Inspection. Units are inspected every other year after the initial inspection.