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Helping People….Changing Lives

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. announces the opening of the waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program beginning June 17, 2015.  The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher allows very low income families to choose and lease affordable privately owned rental housing that meets HUD Housing Quality Standards.  Eligible families receive a rental subsidy based on their income.  The income limits are based on 50% of HUD Area Median Income.

Applications for the waiting list are taken on a limited, first come first serve basis, at the following locations 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.

2018 Dates:  January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18,

August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19

· Connections North – 10825 Bennett Road, Dunkirk

 The last Friday of each month between 8:30 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

2018 Dates: January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27, May 25, June 29, July 27,

August 31, September 28, October 26, November 30, December 28

Families living in Chautauqua County must provide written verification of residency in order to apply.  Must provide Social Security numbers for all household members.  Must know your annual income amount.

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

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.


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