Cass County:

SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The rental assistance program is designed to help low income households pay their housing costs in decent, safe and affordable dwellings located in Cass County.

Who is Eligible?

The program will assist participants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, age, familial status or handicap. Gross family income cannot exceed the following limits:

Status Income

  1 Person

  2 People

 3 People

 4 People

 5 People

 6 People

 7 People

 8 People

50% Very Low

    $25,250

   $28,850   $32,450   $36,050

   $38,950

   $41,850

   $44,750

  $47,600

Effective 1/01/2014

What Size Unit Am I Eligible For?

The unit size will be determined by the Housing Authority, depending on the sex, age and number of persons in the household. A family is allowed to rent a smaller or larger unit under certain conditions.

What Type of Housing Will Qualify?

Rental assistance can be used in any type of privately owned rental housing in Cass County - houses, duplexes, apartments and mobile homes. The dwelling unit selected by the family must be inspected in accordance with the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and be certified by the Housing Authority as a decent, safe and rent reasonable home.

What Are The Maximum Rents Allowed For The Program?

Under this program, total housing costs (rent and tenant paid utilities) cannot exceed the following payment standard limits as set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Payment Standards - Effective 1/1/2015

Bedrooms

           0

                 1

              2

               3

                4

Cass

       $460

             $600

          $715

         $1000

           $1200

If the tenant is responsible for any or all of the utilities, an amount specified by the Housing Authority from a utility allowance schedule must be added to the rent to determine if it is within the limits.

Utility Allowance Schedule

How Much Rent Do Program Participants Pay?

The gross family contribution (GFC) is the amount of rent the client pays toward the housing costs. GFC is figured at 30% of the monthly income after allowances for minor children and childcare costs. In the case of elderly or disabled individuals, medical expenses in excess of 3% of the gross family income are allowable deductions.

Where Can I Live When I Receive a Voucher?

When you are issued a voucher, you must lease a unit for one year in the area this Housing Authority serves . If you do not currently live in our service area and do not wish to move to our area, please contact your local housing authority.

PUBLIC HOUSING

The public housing program is designed to house low income persons in a decent, safe and affordable dwellings located in West Fargo, Casselton and Kindred.

Who is Eligible for the Program?

The program rents to participants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, age, familial status or handicap. Gross family income cannot exceed the following limits.

Status Income

 1 Person

 2 People

 3 People

 4 People

 5 People

 6 People

 7 People

 8 People

80% Low

  $40,400

  $46,200

  $51,950

  $57,700

  $62,350

  $66,950

  $71,550

  $76,200

What Size Unit Am I Eligible For?

The unit size will be determined by the Housing Authority, depending on the sex, age, number of persons in the household and availability of unit at the time an applicant’s name comes up on the waiting list.

What Amenities Does Public Housing Have To Offer?

  • Rent is based on 30% of your adjusted monthly income.
  • The cost of utilities is included in the rent. The tenant is responsible for lights (except for the West Fargo high-rise).
  • Some on-site laundry and playgrounds.
  • Units are spacious and clean.
  • Handicapped accessible elderly units available

How Do I Apply For Public Housing?

If you are interested in the public housing program, there is an application to fill out. You are then placed on a waiting list. Applicants will be notified by mail when your name reaches the top of the waiting list. Criminal background checks and landlord reference checks will be conducted to ensure eligibility. Once you have been approved, the rent will be determined by calculating 30% of your adjusted monthly income. Tenants are initially required to sign a one-year lease with the Housing Authority.

Cass County Application

How Much Rent Do Program Participants Pay?

The gross family contribution (GFC) is the amount of rent the client pays toward the housing costs. GFC is figured at 30% of the monthly income after allowances for minor children and childcare due to employment or schooling.

In the case of elderly or disabled individuals, medical expenses in excess of 3% of the gross family income are allowable deductions.

West Fargo High Rise

There are 59 apartments in this controlled-access building. All utilities are included in the rent and laundry facilities are
on-site.