Housing for seniors over 60 years of age
If you visit the Housing Department in person, they will give you your “certificate” (program qualification) the same day. You can also apply there for the H.O.M.E. Program, among others.
You must have cash available to OPTION the property. The Option is an upfront deposit that is given to separate the property. The grant cannot be used for this, nor can you include it as part of the financing. You must have this money saved. It is recommended that you have between $1,000 – $4,500, depending on the price of the property. Sometimes if you provide a copy of the certificate/documentation that you are eligible for the program, the OPTION is only $1,000.
How to obtain a government apartment
Below is a brief table comparing the types of rules (vertical direction) that apply to tenants according to the type of government subsidy received (horizontal direction). The first column describes tenants who do not receive a subsidized rent, those who pay the “market rate”. Also refer to the detailed definitions for each type of tenancy.
Section 8 tenant-based: the voucher may be transferred from one rental unit to another if the tenant chooses to move and follows the relevant procedures established by the Housing Authority.
Project-based Section 8: The project-based Section 8 voucher is tied to a specific housing development and remains with the development rather than being transferred to a tenant who chooses to move out of the project.
Generally, if you have an income of less than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) of the community in which you live, you may qualify. However, by law, the program must allocate 75% of the assistance to families with an income of 30% of AMI or less.
Low-income housing plan
In the agency’s low-income housing programs, individuals and families are assisted in meeting the gap between typical market-rate rents, and what they are able to afford, based on their income. Housing assistance is provided, along with a wide range of social services that seek to support residents in maintaining housing stability and achieving self-sufficiency and overall quality of life.
Our dedicated team of housing professionals is committed to building, restoring, maintaining and partnering to leverage reading residents to a range of housing options that are safe, attractive, modern and comfortable. From our subsidized programs to luxury homes and rentals, more than 3,800 residents have a home in an RHA community today.
We look forward to sharing more information with you about the Reading Housing Authority! We welcome new ideas as to how we can better serve our residents, participants and the community at large, with emphasis on the core values of quality service, fiscal responsibility, professional courtesy, and community partnerships.
Housing Assistance for Single Mothers
You can apply for a voucher from the D.C. Housing Authority. (DCHA), 1133 North Capitol St. NE. To apply, you can make an appointment with the Client Placement Division by calling (202) 435-3245. Or you may also request it by mail. You cannot make this request in person unless you have an appointment.
You will pay rent or rent, based on your income. Your rent will be set at approximately 30 percent of your income. You may pay less than 30 percent rent if you also pay your own utilities (electricity, gas, and/or water).
Yes. DCHA sets a maximum rent (called the “payment standard”) for each number of rooms. This amount equals the maximum “value” of your voucher. DCHA will not normally approve a unit with a rent that is higher than the payment standard.
In Section 8 housing, as in other housing, the landlord is responsible for the maintenance of your home, as outlined in the housing code. If you have a voucher and the landlord does not make repairs, you can report the problem to DCHA. DCHA will send an inspector to look at your home.