Open Enrollment for Housing Choice Voucher Program

Enrollment Period is Monday June 13, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to Friday June 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

The HCV Program is a federally funded program that provides housing subsidies on behalf of low-income persons for decent, safe and sanitary housing. Persons applying must meet all of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) income and eligibility requirements. Pre-applications for housing assistance will be accepted from very low-income individuals and households based on the income limits established by HUD. You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to apply, or an emancipated minor. Only one (1) pre-application per household per county will be accepted.

Maximum Income Limits: Your total household income cannot exceed the limits shown on the income charts for the County in which you are applying. Be sure to use the figure for the size of your household. The chart only goes up to 8 household members. If you have a larger household, please contact DCA at 609-292-2528 for assistance in determining the maximum income limits for your household.

The income chart shows income limits that are in effect now. HUD routinely adjusts income limits on an annual basis which could affect your eligibility in the future.

When:

Pre-applications will be accepted ONLINE only. The open enrollment period is Monday, June 13, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to Friday, June 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Because pre-applications will be selected through a lottery process, it does not matter when you submit your pre-application as long as you do it during the open enrollment period. Every pre-application submitted during the open enrollment period has a chance of being selected during the lottery.

How:

Use the https://www.waitlistcheck.com/NJ559 to apply online. Pre-applications can only be made online. Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee placement on any waiting list. Only one pre-application per household per county will be accepted. Duplicate pre-applications per county will be rejected. Paper applications will not be distributed or accepted.

Where:

Pre-applications can be submitted ONLINE with the use of a personal computer, laptop, smart phone, or tablet. NO pre-applications will be accepted at the Housing Authority office.

Information Required:

Names, social security numbers, birthdates and income information for individuals living in the household. An email address is required. If you do not have one, the application process will allow you to create one. If you need assistance in another language, Google Translate will assist you during the pre-application process.

Reasonable Accommodation:

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will extend reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals on a case-by-case basis and will take into consideration the disability and the need(s) of the individuals. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please contact DCA at 609-292-4080 and select Option 1 or 8 from the Menu.

Lottery Process:

The waiting list placement will be based on a computerized selection (lottery) process. Once the wait list open enrollment period ends, pre-applications will be selected to be placed on the wait list after sorting preferences. Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee placement on the wait list, eligibility, or an offer of a Housing Choice Voucher.

Pre-application Screening:

A Screening of tenant’s background history including criminal background checks will be conducted during the eligibility interview process for all adult household members requesting housing assistance.

Additional Information:

Please visit https://www.waitlistcheck.com on or after June 24, 2016 to obtain verification if you were selected for the waiting list. Those who were selected will show a status of “Active.” Those who were not selected will show a status of “Inactive.”

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