Voucher Holders FAQs

Below is a list of helpful questions for Keene Housing voucher holders. Click on your question in the list below to jump to the full answer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

    The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8) provides tenant-based assistance, in the form of a voucher, to low-income families, for rental units of their choice in the private market. Program applicants choose from a variety of housing options, including apartments, duplexes, single-family homes and townhomes. Vouchers can also be used to help families buy homes.

  • How does the Housing Choice Voucher Program work?

    Households issued a voucher are responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of their choice, including the participant’s current residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by KH.

    Depending on the program, KH may pay subsidy to the voucher holder or directly to the landlord. Households that receive subsidy directly must use their subsidy for rent or are subject to termination from the program.

  • How does a voucher help me pay my rent?

    You pay a portion of your monthly income for rent and KH pays the balance, up to the voucher payment standard (VPS), in the form of a housing assistance payment (HAP).

  • What are the income eligibility requirements for voucher assistance?

    Income eligibility limits for housing assistance program are set by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as percentages of the local area median income. The incomes below are the maximum household income based on the number of family members in the household. Only applicants who meet the following income limits are eligible. Additional eligibility requirements may apply.

    For income eligibility limits specific to our voucher program, please review our Voucher Programs Income Limits.

  • How much can the voucher pay towards my rent?

    You will be informed of your subsidy amount during the issuance briefing.

  • Will KH approve the unit I choose?

    You are free to choose any house or apartment you like, as long as it meets certain requirements for quality. Under the Section 8 Certificate Program, the housing cannot cost more than the Fair Market Rent. However, under the Housing Voucher Program, a family may choose to rent an expensive house or apartment and pay the extra amount. Click here to view HUD’s: A Good Place to Live!

  • Can I move out of KH’s area of operation and take my voucher with me?

    Anyone receiving a voucher from KH must lease an apartment within KH’s area of operation (AOO) before a request to move outside of our AOO will be considered. Elderly or disabled voucher holders can, after renting an apartment within KH’s AOO, take their voucher to communities outside of our AOO.

    Voucher holders who are not elderly or disabled are restricted from leaving KH’s AOO except in a few, limited, instances (for example, to accommodate a reasonable accommodation or to escape domestic violence). In these instances, KH may permit voucher holders to move outside of our AOO.  Please see our Moving to Work Administrative Plan to learn more about KH’s portability policies.

  • What is the Voucher Payment Standard (VPS) and how does that affect my assistance?

    The Voucher Payment Standard is the maximum subsidy KH may provide toward a household’s gross rent (rent plus an allowance for tenant-paid utilities). If the gross rent is higher than the VPS, the household must make up the difference out of its own pocket, in addition to their tenant portion. KH reviews its VPS amounts annually based upon state and local market data.

  • What are the current Stepped Subsidy amounts?

    KH reviews its VPS and Stepped Subsidy levels annually. The current Stepped Subsidy amounts are:

    # BR VPS Step 1 Subsidy Amount Step 2 Subsidy Amount
    (65% of VPS)
    Step 3+ Subsidy Amount
    (45% of VPS)
    SRO $597 VPS-20% Gross Income = Subsidy $390 $270
    0 $797 VPS-20% Gross Income = Subsidy $520 $360
    1 $868 VPS-20% Gross Income = Subsidy $560 $390
    2 $1118 VPS-20% Gross Income = Subsidy $730 $500
    3 $1455 VPS-20% Gross Income = Subsidy $950 $650
    4 $1623 VPS-20% Gross Income = Subsidy $1050 $730
    5 $1866 VPS-20% Gross Income = Subsidy $1210 $840