The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program provides rental assistance to low-income families through Federal funds administered by the New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR). Often referred to by the portion of the legislation that authorized the program, Section 8, the program provides assistance to over 2 million low-income people nationwide each year.
Program participants may choose to live anywhere in the United States (some first-year residency requirements apply) and may select their own units, which must meet HCR standards for affordability and for safety. Once tenant and landlord sign a lease, the tenant family is responsible for a portion of their rent depending on their income, and the HCV program pays the remainder directly to the landlord.
Currently the waiting list is closed for this program. CDCLI does extensive outreach during those times when the waiting list is open so that the public becomes aware of this opportunity, including notice on our website.
CDCLI’s Role & Responsibilities
CDCLI administers the Housing Choice Voucher program on behalf of two different entities. We are the Suffolk County Local Administrator for the New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) Housing Choice Voucher program, and we administer the program for the Town of Smithtown. CDCLI has been designated as a Public Housing Agency (PHA) by HUD in order to administer the Mainstream for Persons with Disabilities Housing Choice Voucher Program. In this capacity as PHA, CDCLI has assumed full responsibility for vouchers, including the administration, that was previously provided by Transitional Services of Long Island and Children & Family Services. In addition to this program, CDCLI administers the Mainstream Program on behalf of Options for Community Living and Mercy Haven.
For all programs, CDCLI oversees tenant eligibility, lease-up, annual recertification, as well as Housing Quality Standards inspections of all units. CDCLI is committed to the highest quality service provision to all its tenants and landlords on behalf of all its partner organizations.
As of March 2017, 5,843 families were leased up through the Housing Choice Voucher program, totaling approximately 12,500 individuals living in the assisted households. Approximately half the families have an elderly and/or disabled member. Of the families in the Housing Choice Voucher programs administered by CDCLI, more than 200 participate in the CDCLI Family Self Sufficiency Program, which helps them move toward economic independence.
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