Absolutely not! Families can only pay the amount specified by NIRHA. This amount reflects what you can afford, based on income and family composition reported to NIRHA. It is considered fraud if the landlord requires you to pay anything other than what has been approved by NIRHA. It is also fraud if the family pays any additional amounts not approved by NIRHA. Both parties could face fraud charges and ordered to repay any amounts paid by NIRHA for assistance made on behalf of the family. You may also be terminated from the program.
A request to add someone to the household of a current program participant MUST be placed in writing and submitted to your assigned Housing Specialist. The request must detail where the person lived before (unless a newborn child, or new spouse), why it's necessary to add the person to your household, and what income the person may have. In some cases, additional documents may be required. You must have your landlord’s approval to add anyone else to the household.
Housing authorities are required to compare the rent paid for units being assisted to units that are not receiving assistance. The factors considered in each comparison are:
The purpose of Rent Reasonableness is to insure that a fair rent is paid for units selected for participation in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, the rent charged for assisted units may not exceed rents for unassisted units; and the program does not have the effect of inflating rents in the community.
Portability allows eligible families to lease a unit anywhere in the United States where there is a housing agency operating a housing choice voucher program.
The program is a three-way partnership between the family, the owner/landlord
The participating family must:
Inspectors are required to enforce the “Housing Quality Standards” (HQS) established by HUD to make certain assisted units meet minimum health and safety standards. A quick reference guide for items to be inspected is in “A Good Place to Live”. NIRHA requires additional standards in compliance as it relates to GFI outlets to be installed in bathrooms.
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202 1st Street Southeast Ste 203, Mason City, Iowa 50401
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Due to public health concerns, the NIRHA office is currently closed to the public until further notice. Staff is still in the office to address needs of clients. Please call or email the appropriate staff member for help. Applications are available for pick-up outside our office by the drop box. Please use the drop box to return any paperwork or pay rent.