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Our Voucher Programs

Keene Housing administers over 500 housing choice vouchers through our Mainstream-5, Non-Elderly Disabled (NED), and Moving to Work (MTW) Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8) programs. Eligibility requirements may differ from program to program.

Keene Housing utilizes the same pre-application for both its property based and voucher waiting lists. Households interested in applying for a voucher should review the “How Do I Apply?” pages on this website.

Moving to Work (MTW) HCV Program

Moving to Work (MTW) is a demonstration program for public housing authorities (PHAs) that provides the opportunity to design and test innovative, locally-designed strategies that use Federal dollars more efficiently, help residents find employment and become self-sufficient, and increase housing choices for low-income households.

At KH this means that participants receive more than housing assistance. Non-elderly, non-disabled, “work-able”, households are enrolled in our Stepped Subsidy and Resident Self-Reliance programs.

The Stepped Subsidy program provides households an incentive to grow their income and save for the future by disconnecting the subsidy amount from the household’s earned income. New participants pay a small amount towards their rent in the initial two years. This amount gradually increases over the next four years based upon the current payment standard. For more information please see “What are the current Stepped Subsidy Amount?” in the FAQs.

The Resident Self-Reliance (RSR) program provides case management and skills training to help households lower their debt load while increasing income. Participants work with a Resident Service Coordinator (RSC) who will help the household build an individualized goal plan. The participant and RSC meet regularly to assess the household’s progress towards meeting their goals and address any barriers the household may face. See the Resident Self-Reliance Program page for more information.

Participants are selected from either the MTW Housing Choice Voucher waiting list (for Tenant Based Vouchers) or from a Keene Housing property waiting list (for Project Based Vouchers). For more information on the difference between a Housing Choice Voucher and a Project Based Voucher please visit our Voucher FAQ page.

Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Voucher Program

Since 2011, Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) have been awarded under different special purpose voucher program types to serve non-elderly persons with disabilities (NED). NED HCVs enable non-elderly disabled households to lease affordable private housing of their choice. NED vouchers also assist persons with disabilities who often face difficulties in locating affordable, accessible housing on the private market. Only income eligible households whose head of household, spouse or co-head is non-elderly (under age 62) and disabled may receive a NED voucher. Households with only a minor child with a disability are not eligible. Applicants are selected from the KH HCV waiting list.

It is the responsibility of a household to find a unit that meets its needs. Once the household finds a unit that meets the housing quality standards and other program requirements, the KH approves the unit, a lease is executed between the household and the owner, and the housing assistance begins.

The KH pays a subsidy that equals the difference between the KH determined payment standard for the household size and the household’s total tenant payment. The household may choose a unit with a higher gross rent than the payment standard and pay the owner the difference.

Mainstream-5 Voucher Program

Mainstream Housing Choice Vouchers enable households that include a person with disabilities to lease affordable private housing of their choice. Mainstream program vouchers also assist persons with disabilities who often face difficulties in locating affordable, accessible housing on the private market.

Only a household that includes a disabled person and is income eligible may receive a Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher. Applicants are selected from the Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher waiting list. When an eligible household with a disabled person comes to the top of the waiting list, a housing choice voucher is issued to the household.

A household may choose a unit anywhere in the United States where there is a PHA that administers a tenant based voucher program. However, the household may only use the voucher to lease a unit in an area where the household is income eligible at admission to the program.