Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

The waiting list for this program will be closed on October 31, 2016.
Applications can not be accepted for the Section 8 Housing Voucher program after this date.

What is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?
The Housing Choice Voucher Program utilizes the existing private rental market in River Falls to provide affordable housing for low-income families, elderly, handicapped and disabled persons. The Housing Authority administers this federal program within the city limits of River Falls.

How does it help low income people?
Program participants pay a minimum of 30% of their monthly adjusted income toward rent (and may not pay more than 40% of monthly adjusted income when initially leasing a unit with voucher assistance). The program provides rental assistance which is the difference between the participants rent portion and the actual rent. The rent assistance is paid directly to the property owner on the first of each month.

Program participants choose a rental unit from the private rental market. The property owner must be willing to accept voucher-assisted tenants. The types of housing which are eligible for the program are privately owned duplexes, townhouses, apartments and single-family homes. The housing must be appropriate for the family size, be located in River Falls and pass the Housing Quality Standards Inspection. Participants are not permitted to rent from family members.

Who can participant in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?
Persons who are eligible for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program are either:

  • Senior citizens (over 62 years old)
  • Living with a disability
  • Families with children

And have gross annual income below the HUD established limits for River Falls.

Households with family members who have been convicted of criminal activity are not eligible.

How do I get on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?
Complete and return an application to the Housing Authority office.
In person: Pick up an application at 625 N. Main St., River Falls
By phone: Contact 715-425-7640 to have an application mailed to you.
On line: For a printable application visit www.rfhousing.org

All applications must be signed and returned to the office with a legible copy of a current
driver’s license or photo ID for all adults in the household and a copy of every household
member’s social security card.

A police record background check is completed for every adult household member to determine
eligibility.

How long before I get help with my rent?
Applications from eligible households will be placed on the waiting list as of the date and
time the completed application is received. The length of the waiting list depends on the
availability of federal funding. Vouchers are funded through the Department of Housing &
Urban Development (HUD). Applicants will be notified by mail of their estimated waiting time.

How will I know that the Housing Authority has a Voucher for me?
Applicants will be notified by mail to schedule an interview when their name nears the top of the list. Applicants are responsible for notifying the Housing Authority of any changes in mailing address or family composition during the waiting period.

During the interview, all information needed to determine your rent and eligibility will be
discussed. Applicants must verify income, assets, medical and childcare expenses. Come to the
interview prepared; bring any of the following information that applies:
A copy of your most recent Social Security award letter.
Addresses of employer(s) and other income sources, including pensions and IRAs.
Addresses of all assets including stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other investments.
Addresses of all previous landlords.
Senior citizens or disabled persons should bring addresses of any ongoing medical
expenses including medical insurance.
Family applicants should bring addresses of child care providers.

Can I use my Voucher anywhere?
Program participants may choose a rental unit from the private rental market in River Falls. The
property owner must be willing to accept Voucher assisted tenants. The rental unit must be
appropriate for the family size, be located in River Falls and must pass an inspection. The rent
must be reasonable for the River Falls area. Participants are not permitted to rent from family
members.

How much rent will I pay when I get my Voucher?
Participants pay between 30% and 40% of their monthly adjusted income toward rent. The
Voucher pays the difference between the participant’s portion of the rent and the actual rent. The
rent assistance is paid directly to the property owner on the first of each month.