The Johnson County Housing Authority (JCHA) is opening the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List on Thursday, Oct. 1, to new applications. The waiting list will be closed the following day, Friday, Oct. 2, or when 900 appointments are received for the program-- whichever comes first.
The Johnson County Housing Authority administers Section 8 applications for the cities of De Soto, Edgerton, Gardner, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Westwood, Leawood, Fairway, and Stilwell. The JCHA does not serve residents in the city of Olathe which has its own Housing Authority program and application process.
Appointments to complete an application with the Johnson County Housing Authority can be made from Oct. 1-2 by calling 913-227-0509 between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No walk-in appointments will be scheduled. Persons requiring special accommodations are asked to call 913-715-6600. Hearing impaired persons should call 913-715-6633. The JCHA will need 48 to 72 hours to arrange special accommodations.
The Section 8 Voucher Program, with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides rental assistance to very low and extremely low income families, allowing them to locate decent, safe housing while maintaining their rental payments at an affordable level. Eligibility is based on household income. For example, the maximum income level for one-person households is $25,700; two-person, $29,350; and four-person, $33,000. The program also offers an incentive to private property owners to rent to low income families by offering timely, consistent subsidy payments, yearly inspections, and mediation.
In order to determine a household’s eligibility for the program, residents must complete an application, be called from the waiting list for an interview, and provide the Johnson County Housing Authority with all necessary documentation. When the household satisfactorily meets all eligibility criteria, including a criminal history background check, they will receive a voucher. The JCHA must also inspect the unit to ensure it passes the minimum safety standards set by HUD.
The office of the Johnson County Housing Authority is located at 12425 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa. The JCHA is part of the Johnson County Department of Human Services.