The Section 8 Housing Assistance program pays rental subsidies to owners of existing rental property on behalf of lower income families, elderly and disabled persons. Renters wishing to find out more about applying for assistance, or landlords interested in placing their properties on the program, please call 806-378-3098.
Section 8 rental subsidy applications are being accepted when submitted online at WaitList on this website. Applications will not be accepted at our office unless it is a reasonable accommodation. The waiting list for Section 8 rental assistance is approximately 3 to 3 ½ years.
The Family Self Sufficiency Program
The Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a component of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HUD) program, but in addition to the rental subsidy, this program also provides case management. Persons interested in this program must be current participants for a minimum of 12 months and be in good standing with the Housing Office. The caseworker guides the participant in developing a five-year plan to achieve self sufficiency. Impediments to self sufficiency such as childcare, education, employment, transportation, and insurance are over-come through the involvement of local community agencies.
A monetary incentive of the FSS program is the escrow account. As job skills improve causing wages to increase, the participant pays a greater proportion of their rent and the City pays less. The City puts the difference in an escrow (savings) account. At the end of five years, if the participant has completed all of their goals and has been off all types of government cash assistance for the last year of their contract, they receive all the money in the escrow account. Participants have used this money to buy a home or continue their education.
For information on FSS, call Susan Kirkes at 806-378-6281.