Voucher Programs

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher program is administered locally by the Corpus Christi Housing Authority. The Corpus Christi Housing Authority receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by HUDS Home Quality Standards.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Corpus Christi Housing Authority on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the CCHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.

The housing choice voucher program places the choice of housing in the hands of the individual family. A very low-income family selected by the Corpus Christi Housing Authority is encouraged to consider several housing choices to secure the best housing for the family needs. A housing voucher holder is advised of the unit size for which it is eligible based on family size and composition.

The housing unit selected by the family must meet an acceptable level of health and safety before Corpus Christi Housing Authority can approve the unit. When the voucher holder finds a unit that it wishes to occupy and reaches an agreement with the landlord over the lease terms, CCHA must inspect the dwelling and determine that the rent requested is reasonable.

Corpus Christi Housing Authority determines a payment standard that is the amount generally needed to rent a moderately-priced dwelling unit in the local housing market and that is used to calculate the amount of housing assistance a family will receive. However, the payment standard does not limit and does not affect the amount of rent a landlord may charge or the family may pay. A family which receives a housing voucher can select a unit with a rent that is below or above the payment standard.

The housing voucher family must pay 30% of its monthly adjusted gross income for rent and utilities, and if the unit rent is greater than the payment standard the family is required to pay the additional amount. By law, whenever a family moves to a new unit where the rent exceeds the payment standard, the family may not pay more than 40 percent of its adjusted monthly income for rent.​

Tenant Base Voucher (TBV) Program

The Corpus Christi Housing Authority (CCHA) administers tenant base vouchers. The housing authority receives federal funds from HUD to administer the Housing Choice Voucher program. A family is issued a tenant base voucher and is responsible for finding and selecting a suitable rental unit of its choice, which may include their present unit. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the CCHA. A rental subsidy is paid directly by the CCHA to the landlord on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount by the program.

Eligibility for tenant base vouchers is determined by the CCHA based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location.

During the application process, the CCHA will collect information on family income, assets, family composition and criminal history checks. The CCHA will verify the information with other local agencies and will use the information to determine program eligibility and the amount of the rental assistance payment. If the CCHA determines that the family is eligible, it will put their name on a waiting list. Once the family’s name is reached on the waiting list, the CCHA will contact the family and issue to the family a rental voucher.

The Corpus Christi Housing Authority & Affiliates Tenant Based Waiting Lists are currently closed to new applicants.

Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program

The project-based voucher (PBV) program is one part of the HCV program. It helps pay for rent in privately owned rental housing, but only in specific privately owned buildings or units. That means that if you get a project-based voucher, you don’t get to choose the unit you live in. The project-based voucher program is for people with low income who are willing to live in specific housing units that are offered to them. This is different from the tenant-based program, because if you accept PBV assistance, you do not get to choose the unit you live in nor do you get to keep your PBV benefit if you move.

Eligibility for project base vouchers is determined by the CCHA based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location.

During the application process, the CCHA will collect information on family income, assets, family composition and criminal history checks. The CCHA will verify the information with other local agencies and will use the information to determine program eligibility and the amount of the rental assistance payment. If the CCHA determines that the family is eligible, it will put their name on a waiting list. Once the family’s name is reached on the waiting list, the CCHA will contact the family and issue to the family a rental voucher.

The Corpus Christi Housing Authority & Affiliates Project Based Waiting Lists is currently open to new applicants.

Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Units

The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) allows public housing agencies (PHAs) and owners of HUD-assisted properties to convert units to project-based Section 8 programs. The Housing Authority of the City of Corpus Christi (CCHA) converted 100% of its public housing properties through Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.

One of the provisions of the RAD program is choice mobility. Choice mobility gives families living at a RAD property the opportunity to request a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and move into the private rental market with voucher assistance.

To be eligible, residents must meet two criteria:

1. The family must live at the converted property for at least one year. (The time lived at the property before the conversion date does not count toward the one year.)

2. The family must be in good standing. (ex. rent paid, not pending eviction, leaving no debt owed)

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program

The Housing and Urban Development – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program provides 125 tenant-based housing choice vouchers to homeless veterans and their families. Qualified veterans receive a safe and decent place to live in addition to receiving expert case management services by the VA in order to address the root causes of their homeless to help them return to self-sufficient lifestyles. 

The funding commitment for the VASH Vouchers are open ended and portable, meaning the veterans may use them anywhere in the City or take them elsewhere if they move.  Case management is a critical component of the vouchers.  In order to receive the VASH Vouchers, the veterans must be referred to Corpus Christi Housing Authority through the VA to determine the veterans’ eligibility.  Once this criterion is met, the VA refers the veterans to CCHA who determines their income eligibility and rental history.  Veterans will then pay no more than 30 percent of their adjusted income, while the VASH Voucher pays the remaining balance of the rent set by the property owner.

To receive a voucher, veterans must first contact the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System for eligibility purposes, at which point they are referred to CCHA. Once a voucher is issued, the veteran has two months to find a unit in the private market with an additional 60 day extension if needed.

Mainstream Voucher Program

The Mainstream Voucher program provides vouchers for low-income households that include a person(s) with disabilities. The program is designed to help tenants with disabilities live independently in the community. The Mainstream vouchers must be used to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities and their families. The Corpus Christi Housing Authority will provide rental assistance under its mainstream voucher program to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities who are Transitioning out of institutional or other segregated setting, at serious risk of institutionalization, Homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless find safe clean and affordable housing.

Who is Eligible?

  • Must meet Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program eligibility requirements.
  • Families that include a person with a disability.
  • Applicants must be registered on the HCV waiting list.

 

Portability

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is a federal program. Families with an active housing choice voucher can transfer their assistance to any other city in the country that has a HCV Program. This program feature is known as portability. When a family transfers their voucher from another housing authority into Corpus Christi, it is called “porting in.”

When a family transfers their voucher from Corpus Christi to another city, it is called “porting out.” The transfer process can be timely, so families must plan accordingly. If you are a current voucher holder and you are interested in porting into Corpus Christi, you must request to exercise the Portability option from your current housing authority.

If found eligible to port, your housing authority must submit the paperwork below to us so that we may start the process.

–  Family Portability Information – Form HUD-52665
–  Voucher – Form HUD-52646 (issue date must not be a future date)
–  Family Report – Form HUD-50058 (Copy of the most recent)
–  Copies of income verification listed on Family Report such as:
     Earned Income Verification (EIV) Report (if available), and
     Supporting Income verifications matching the Family Report.
–  Family contact information, including a valid contact phone number and mailing address.

The documents listed above may be sent sealed or secured to the Housing Authority via mail or email at the following:

Porting In Contact:

E-mail: portability@hacc.org
Phone: (361) 889-3300

Address:

Corpus Christi Housing Authority
Attention: Intake Department
3307 Ayers St
Corpus Christi, TX 78415

*Please allow approximately 10-15 calendar days for us to receive all required documents and follow-up with your initial housing authority.

Upon receipt of your portability paperwork your initial housing authority will receive a Housing Authority letter of acknowledgment.

NOTE: If your contact number and/or address changes after the Housing Authority receives your paperwork you must submit your updated information in writing to the Housing Authority.

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