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Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. is the local administrator for Chautauqua Counties Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program sponsored by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal Agency. The section 8 program provides rental subsidies to income-eligible tenants through agreements with local landlords. Applicants may apply to the waiting list on the designated signup days (see below). Applicants are removed from the waiting list as openings occur per program guidelines and with a number 1 preference provided to literally homeless applicants. Household income must be at or below 50% of the HUD Area Median Income limit to qualify.

 

The section 8 HCV Program Waiting list is currently open and accepts applications at the following locations, dates, and times:

· Laughlin Community Action Center – 402 Chandler Street, Jamestown

 The third Wednesday of each month between 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

2021 Dates:  January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15

· Connections North – 10825 Bennett Road, Dunkirk

 The last Friday of each month (if holiday the next business day) between 8:30 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

2021 Dates: January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25, July 30, August 27, September 24, October 29, November 29, January 3, 2022 

 

The following information must be available at the time of application sign up:

  • For county residency status families living in Chautauqua County must provide written verification of residency (i.e. copy of the current lease, and copies of utility bills for the current rental unit).
  • Must provide social security numbers for all household members.
  • Must know the amount of your annual income.

Individuals with disabilities are eligible to apply and reasonable accommodations will be made as necessary to ensure equal participation in housing assistance.

The following information must be available at the time of application sign up:

  • For county residency status families living in Chautauqua County must provide written verification of residency (i.e. copy of the current lease, and copies of utility bills for the current rental unit).
  • Must provide social security numbers for all household members.
  • Must know the amount of your annual income.

 

COI affirms compliance with equal housing opportunity requirements.

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8 Housing)

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

  • There is a waiting period from time of application to receipt of subsidy
  • You choose where you want to live
  • The landlord of your chosen property has to agree to accept the subsidy
  • Your housing of choice must meet HUD Housing Quality Standards
  • HUD.GOV Housing Choice Voucher Fact Sheet

 

Are you eligible? 

  • Household Income must be less than 50% Area Median Income (AMI) to be eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

 

How can I make my rental subsidy work for me?