Housing Choice Voucher Program - How to Apply

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is currently open and accepting applications. You can access the online application by clicking here.

Project-Based Assistance (PBA) Applications  (Academy Flats, Brickstone Properties, Dell Street Properties) will be accepted in the office on Mondays only from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. at 2300 Madison Avenue.  To complete a PBA application, all adults who will be living in the Section 8 household must be present and you must have all of the items listed below.

Items Required to Submit an Application

 

ITEMS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION:

Valid photo ID for all adult household members
Official State issued birth certificates for all household members
Social Security cards for all household members
Verification of residency

Examples of acceptable verification of residency:

  • Signed lease for your present unit
  • Recent utility bills (gas and electric, cable, telephone, etc.) dated within the past 60 days
  • Pay stubs with your address listed on them dated within the past 60 days
  • A letter from a shelter confirming your residenccy if homeless
  • Two other current pieces of official mail postmarked within 60 days (Food Stamp/Medical Card paperworkk, credit card bill, bank statement, etc.)

If you work in Kenton County, verification that you are employed in Kenton County (recent check stubs with the company’s address listed -or- a letter from your employer on company letterhead)

If you go to school in Kenton County, verification of current enrollment in an accredited educational institution located in Kenton County (most recent school schedule -or- a letter from your educational institution on school letterhead)

Please note, applications will not be accepted without all required items Thank you for your cooperation.

Things You Should Know

Don't risk your chances for Federally assisted housing by providing false, incomplete, or inaccurate information on your application forms.


Purpose
This is to inform you that there is certain information you must provide when applying for assisted housing. There are penalties that apply if you knowingly omit information or give false information.

Penalties for Committing Fraud
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) places a high priority on preventing fraud.
If your application or recertification forms contain false or incomplete information, you may be:

  • Evicted from your apartment or house,
  • Required to repay all overpaid rental assistance you received,
  • Fined up to $10,000,
  • Imprisoned for up to 5 years and/or,
  • Prohibited from receiving future assistance.,

Your State and local governments may have other laws and penalties as well.

Asking Questions
When you meet with the person who is to fill out your application, you should know what is expected of you. If you do not understand something, ask for clarification. That person can answer your question or find out what the answer is.

Completing The Application

1. Income

  • All sources of money you or any member of your household receive (wages, welfare payments, alimony, social security, pension, etc.)
  • Any money you receive on behalf of your children (child support, social security for children, etc.)
  • Income from assets (interest from a savings account, credit union, or certificate of deposit, dividends from stock, etc.)
  • Earnings from second job or part time job
  • Any anticipated income (such as a bonus or pay raise you expect to receive)


2. Assets

  • All bank accounts, savings bonds, certificates of deposit, stocks, real estate, etc. that are owned by you and any adult member of your family's household who will be living with you.
  • Any business or asset you sold in the last 2 years for less than its full value, such as your home to your children.
  • The names of all of the people (adults and children) who will actually be living with you, whether or not they are related to you.

 

Signing the Application

  • Do not sign any form unless you have read it, understand it, and are sure everything is complete and accurate.
  • When you sign the application and certification forms, you are claiming that they are complete to the best of your knowledge and belief. You are committing fraud if you sign a form knowing that it contains false or misleading information.
  • Information you give on your application will be verified by your housing agency. In addition, HUD may do computer matches of the income you report with various Federal, State, or private agencies to verify that it is correct.

Re-certifications
You must provide updated information at least once a year. Some programs require that you report any changes in income or family/household composition immediately. Be sure to ask when you must recertify. You must report on recertification forms:

  • All in come changes, such as increases of pay and/or benefits, change or loss of job and/or benefits, etc., for all household members.
  • Any move in or out of a household member.
  • All assets that you or your household members own and any assets that were sold in the last 2 years for less than its full value.

Beware of Fraud
You should be aware of the following fraud schemes:

  • Do not pay any money to file an application.
  • Do not pay any money to move up on the waiting list.
  • Do not pay for anything not covered by your lease.
  • Get a receipt for any money you pay.
  • Get a written explanation if you are required to pay for anything other than rent (such as maintenance charges).

Reporting Abuse
If you are aware of anyone who has falsified an application, or if anyone tries to persuade you to make false statements, report them to the manager of your complex or the City of Covington Section 8 program at (859) 292-2188. If that is not possible, then call the local HUD office or the HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline at (800) 347-3735.

You can also write to:
HUD-OIG HOTLINE, (GFI)
451 Seventh Street
S.W., Washington, DC. 20410

Helpful Documents
Section 8 Payment Standards
0 Bedroom $525
1 Bedroom $615
2 Bedroom $800
3 Bedroom $1,125
4 Bedroom $1,185
5 Bedroom $1,361

Effective 10/01/2016: Please note these rents are gross rents, (which include all utilities being furnished by the landlord). Most units do not qualify for the maximum amount listed, but for a lesser amount.