HCV Participants

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program Office
Effective immediately and until further notice: This office is operating on an appointment only basis and is closed to the public

The Mobile Housing Board is taking action to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We want to do everything we can to protect you, our employees and our community. We are closely following the recommendations of public health agencies and the Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC).

This office and other buildings and facilities owned and operated by the Mobile Housing Board are closed to the general public including current residents, family members of residents, applicants and other members of the community.

Our employees will be at work during normal business hours and we will continue to provide all services without in-person contact unless necessary:

If you have questions, please call 251-434-2200.

If you are:

  • An applicant already on the waitlist, contact Loretta Ridgeway by e-mail at: lridgeway@mobilehousing.org   or call 434-2319.
  • An HCV program landlord and need assistance from this office please call 251-434-2254.
  • A current participant in the HCV program - contact your case manager. HCV program case managers are assigned according to the tenant’s/family’s last name.

We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to assisting you and your family.

The HCV Section 8 Wait List is Closed.
If you applied, check on your status here

Currently the HCV Waiting List is CLOSED and MHA is not currently accepting applicants for its general Waiting List. Generally, in order to obtain assistance, an applicant must apply to the Program when MHA is asking persons to apply to the HCV Waiting List. During that time, Mobile Housing Authority will take applications on an “as needed basis”, depending on the length of the waiting list and available funding.

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Housing Choice Voucher Contacts
 

HCV Front Desk

(251) 434-2364
(251) 434-0004 FAX
Email

Holly Mitchell

(251) 287-8260
Email

ALR Team

Cordette Allen

A - I

(251) 434-2243
Email

Tasha Portis
 
J - R

(251) 434-2253
Email

Jennifer Gibby
 
S - Z
(251) 433-3690
Email

Internal Moves / Voucher Issuance

Jacqueline Jackson
 

A - M

(251) 434-2315
Email

Tiawatta Ervin
 
N - Z
(251) 434-2329
Email

Interims Team

Keidreana Sanders

(251) 301-0871
Email

Waiting List Team

Toquana Robinson
 
A - I

(251) 287-8267
Email

Shonna Nettles
 
J - R

(251) 434-2319
Email

Courtney Mack
 
S - Z
(251) 434-2234
Email     

Inspections Team

Tracy Hill

(251) 434-2251
Email

Mark Chatham

(251) 434-2301
Email

Tekelia Powe
(251) 434-2254
Email

Administrative Team

Yeta Cook

(251) 434-2310
Email

Paul Watkins
(251) 434-2246
Email

 
Magdalene Skretta
(251) 307-1026
Email

 

MHA Responsibilities

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a three-way partnership between the family, the owner/landlord and the housing authority. In order for the program to work, MHA has the following responsibilities:

  1. Accept applications
  2. Determine eligibility of applicants
  3. Issue Housing Choice Vouchers and conduct briefings
  4. Recruit owners/landlords
  5. Inspect/re-inspect units (initially and at least once annually)
  6. Approve leases and the owner
  7. Make timely housing assistance payments
  8. Ensure continued eligibility of family
  9. Ensure compliance of rules and regulations by owners and families
  10. Offer and conduct hearings
The participating family must:
  1. Comply with all program rules and regulations and all family obligations.
  2. Provide complete and accurate information to MHA.
  3. Sign and submit consent forms for obtaining information.
  4. Find a suitable place to live that meets program standards.
  5. Attend all scheduled appointments.
  6. Allow MHA to inspect the housing unit.
  7. Allow landlord to enter assisted unit to complete necessary repairs.
  8. Comply with terms of the lease with owner and HUD’s tenancy addendum.
  9. Pay rent on time.
  10. Report maintenance problems in a timely manner.
  11. Not commit any serious violation of the lease.

Payment Standard and Average Utilities

 

0-BR

1-BR

2-BR

3-BR

4-BR

5-BR

Payment Standard

$799

$805

$981

$1,279

$1,480

$1,701

Minus Utilities

$108

$153

$193

$229

$278

$316

Base Rent

$691

$652

$788

$1,050

$1,202

$1,385

Several factors determine the maximum amount of rent payable for a Housing Choice assisted unit:

  1. Rent reasonableness, discussed below
  2. Family size 
  3. Family income

IMPORTANT: HUD RESTRICTS FAMILIES ASSISTED IN ANY UNIT FOR THE FIRST TIME FROM PAYING RENT AND UTILITIES THAT EXCEED 40% OF THEIR MONTHLY ADJUSTED INCOMES. 

 
INCOME LIMITS

1 PER

2 PER

3 PER

4 PER

5 PER

6 PER

30% of Median

$12,060

$16,240

$20,420

$24,600

$28,780

$32,000

Very Low Income

$19,300

$22,050

$24,800

$27,550

$29,800

$32,000

Low-Income

$30,900

$35,300

$39,700

$44,100

$47,650

$51,200

What is Rent Reasonableness?

HUD requires a rent reasonableness test be conducted on each unit. This is essential to the successful operation of Housing Choice Voucher Program. Reasonable rent is defined as rent paid to owner that is not more than rent charged:

  1. For comparable units in the private unassisted market.
  2. For comparable unassisted units on the premises.
Factors considered in each test are
  1. Unit size (square footage)
  2. Age (year built)
  3. Quality (includes quality of workmanship)
  4. Unit type (single family, duplex, mobile home, etc.)
  5. Location (site and neighborhood, access to public services, etc.)
  6. Amenities (carpet, ceramic floors, air conditioning, central heat, insulation, washer & dryer hookups, etc.)
  7. Housing services provided
  8. Maintenance provided
  9. Utilities (Does the landlord furnish water, stove, refrigerator, etc.?)
Purpose of Rent Reasonableness is to assure that:
  1. Fair rent is paid for units selected for participation in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Rent charged for assisted units may not exceed rents for unassisted units.).
  2. The program does not have the effect of inflating rents in the community.

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For your protection from COVID-19. The HCV office is operating on an appointment-only basis and is closed to the public.

Contact Your Case Worker

Call 251-434-2300