Housing Kitsap (HK) helps people pay for housing they rent from private owners. One of the programs HK offers for this purpose is the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV Program). It used to be called the Section 8 Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), it is the nation's largest rental subsidy program.
People apply to HK for a voucher and are placed on HK's waiting list. This list is long because so many people need housing assistance and HK's supply of vouchers is not nearly enough. In fact, HK only opens the waiting list to allow more people to apply once every few years.
Once a person comes to the top of the waiting list, HK will determine if he or she is income eligible for a voucher. Those people who meet eligibility income criteria receive a voucher. The voucher means that HK helps pay the rent on a private rental unit that he or she finds on the private rental market. The voucher holder is responsible for finding a landlord who will to rent to him or her and willing to participate in the Voucher Program. The apartment or home must pass HK's inspection, and the rent must be within the limits that the program will pay.
In general, the tenant's share of the rent equals about 30% of his or her income. The tenant pays this share directly to the landlord. HK pays the landlord its share of the rent.
Each year Housing Kitsap makes over $2 million in rent payments to numerous landlords in Kitsap County.
Housing Kitsap's (HK) Housing Choice Voucher program is administered by the Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA). If you are interested in the HCV program, please call BHA at their Main Number: (360) 479-3694.