The Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly referred to as the “Section 8 Program” enables families in Langlade County to rent housing that is affordable in the private market. The program allows a family to pay rent based on 30% of their income and the remaining portion of rent is paid directly to the property owner by the Antigo Housing Authority.
The Antigo Housing Authority (AHA) accepts applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program on an ongoing basis with applicants selected by date and time of application. AHA has a local preference which means applicants living in Langlade County will be given priority placement on the waiting list.
Once a voucher is issued, the family is free to choose housing that meets the requirements of the program and may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must be inspected and meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the program requirements.
The voucher holding family is responsible for finding a housing unit where the owner agrees to participate in the program. A housing “subsidy” is paid directly to the landlord by the AHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
During the application process, AHA will collect information on family income, assets, and family composition; verify this information with other local agencies, your employer and bank; and will use the information to determine program eligibility and the amount of the housing assistance payment. If the AHA determines that your family is eligible, your name will be placed on a waiting list unless you can be assisted immediately.
Once we approve an eligible family’s housing unit, the family and the landlord sign a lease and, at the same time the landlord and AHA sign a housing assistance payments contract that runs for the same term as the lease.
The family is expected to comply with the lease and the requirements established by the housing choice voucher program. The family must also pay its share of rent on time, maintain the unit in good condition and notify AHA of any changes in income or family composition. The family must also cooperate with the AHA in completing the annual or interim recertification process.
If the landlord fails to meet their obligations under the lease, the AHA has the right to terminate assistance payments.
The AHA must reexamine the family’s income and composition at least annually and inspect each unit annually to ensure that it meets minimum Housing Quality Standards.
Moves are permissible as long as the family notifies the Housing Authority ahead of time, terminates its existing lease within the lease provisions, and finds acceptable alternate housing.