Landlord Information

Overview of the Section 8 -
Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program administered locally by the Housing Authority of Mingo County (HAMC) is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is designed to help low-income families rent safe and decent housing on the open market in Mingo, Logan, Wayne, Wyoming and McDowell Counties. Families are responsible for finding their own housing and paying a portion of their income toward the cost of rent and utilities. HAMC makes up the difference between the cost and the family's contribution.

The HCV program is a three-way partnership between the owner/agent, HAMC and the family. If the family meets the income and eligibility requirements, they are issued a voucher that provides them rental assistance. The owner/agent enters into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with HAMC to provide housing to the family and agrees to maintain the property to Housing Quality Standards (HQS). The family signs the owner/agent's lease for an initial term of one year agreeing to pay their portion of the rent, abide by the terms of the lease and maintain the property.

HAMC will continue to subsidize the rent to the owner as long as the family remains eligible and the property meets HQS. The amount of assistance may increase or decrease depending on changes to the family's income or household composition.

Benefits of Becoming a Section 8 Landlord

HAMC wants to reach out to new landlords in Mingo, Logan, Wayne, Wyoming and McDowell Counties to promote the benefits of becoming a Section 8 landlord. In addition to the satisfaction of knowing you are providing safe, decent housing to low income families in our community, the following are a few of the benefits:

It is important to remember that other than expecting a portion of the rent each month from HAMC, you have the same type of landlord/tenant relationship that you have with the non-Section 8 renter.

Introducing HMS PAL™ System

The Housing Authority of Mingo County is excited to introduce our Landlords to our new online HMS PAL™ System.  Using this system, you will be able to register and access information regarding your monthly Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) for all your current tenants.  Landlords can use HMS PAL™ regardless of whether you receive Direct Deposit or payments by BB&T Ready Access Visa card.

Responsibilities

HAMC's Responsibilities

Owner's Responsibilities

Family's Responsibilities to the Owner