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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.

2020 Dates:  January 15, February 19, March 18-Postponed, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16

· 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.

2020 Dates: January 31, February 28, March 27-Postponed, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30, 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.


How can I make my rental subsidy work for me?