The Housing Authority of the County of Merced currently administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program, a Federal rent subsidy program under the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program provides rent subsidy to families in privately own existing rental units in Merced County. The Housing Authority of the County of Merced currently administers 2,705 Housing Choice Vouchers. The Housing Authority enters into a contract with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to receive sufficient funding to subsidize rent for a certain number of families in a certain period of time. HUD pays the Housing Authority an administrative fee each month for every leased Housing Choice Voucher family.
Families who are eligible must meet the income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, must pass criminal background checks, must not owe the Housing Authority dollars for any past client history, and comply with completing forms and presenting verifications and documentation that the Housing Authority requires, including immigration status.
Families must apply for the program when the Housing Authority is taking applications. As the family’s name comes to the top of the application waiting list, they are screened for eligibility into the program; and if eligible, are given a Housing Choice Voucher, with a time limit of 60 days to find a unit. The Housing Authority does not screen for tenancy, but does screen for criminal background history. Private owners who wish to rent to Housing Choice Voucher families must screen for tenancy.
The program relies on the availability of units from private owners in Merced County. Owners wishing to place their units on the availability list may call the Housing Authority. This list is given to Housing Choice Voucher families to assist them in looking for a suitable unit.