Affordable Housing Choices for
Low-Income Renters and Buyers in North Las Vegas, Nevada
The Housing Authority of the City of North Las Vegas is committed to providing quality, affordable housing, that is decent, safe and sanitary, to eligible families in this community through innovative resource development and responsible stewardship of our housing and fiscal resources. We strive to make the best use of all available resources so that our residents may live in an environment that is clean, well maintained and attractive. Our goal is to manage our public housing and affordable housing units in a manner that is consistent with good, financially sound property management practices.
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It is our goal to administer the Section 8 Programs in a manner that accomplishes not only our basic objective of providing rental assistance but also assisting our clients in pursuing opportunities for economic self-sufficiency.
By taking advantage of available community and government resources, we provide our residents with as many opportunities for economic self-sufficiency as we can identify. We endeavor to instill pride and a desire for an enhanced quality of life for our residents and their families. We are committed to serving our residents and this entire community in a manner that demonstrates professional courtesy, respect and caring.
Section 8 Rental Assistance
The Housing Choice Voucher Program allows you to choose a house or apartment owned by a participating landlord in a neighborhood of your choice. It may be where you are living now or somewhere else in the Clark County area or through portability anywhere in the United States. You will be required to pay a portion of the monthly rent based on the amount of your family's income and the Housing Authority will pay the difference. The Housing Authority will also be responsible for making sure that your unit meets and continues to meet Housing Quality Standards by making periodic inspections.
The Section 8 Application procedure is done by a lottery style drawing. The opening and closing dates are advertised in the local media and website. During these times, those seeking Section 8 assistance are invited to personally appear at the office of the Housing Authority to fill out a lottery ticket. Lottery tickets are limited to one per household. Lottery tickets will be drawn at random from the drawing barrel and are announced publicly.
In order to qualify for Section 8 rental assistance the combined annual income of the adults (18 years or older) in your household (you and the people who live or will be living with you) must be less than the annual amounts established by HUD as "very low income".
Ranking and Preferences: Generally, you will be ranked on the waiting list according to the date and time that you applied for housing assistance.
Exceptions are made for persons claiming the Veterans Preference. This preference is available to applicants who are current members of the U.S. Military Armed Forces, veterans, or surviving spouses of veterans. (If you or a family member either are or were in the military, you may qualify for this preference.)
Claiming this preference requires U.S. Government documents which indicate that the applicant qualifies under the above definition.
Persons who earn too much income to qualify for Section 8 Assistance may still qualify for Public Housing or Other Affordable Rental Programs if the family earns less than the annual amounts established by HUD as "low income". The Authority is especially interested in renting to gainfully employed families.
Sometimes applicants who qualify in the income category may be denied assistance for the following reasons:
* A household member has a police record which indicates drug activity or other criminal (felony) violations.
* The head of household has a rental history showing non-payment of rent, lease violations, destruction of property.
* A household member owes money to another housing authority.
Generally applicants must wait at least six months and as much as three years from the date of application before housing assistance can be provided. Waiting list includes many families who need housing assistance.
What is the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program?
The Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program is designed for families who are currently receiving rental assistance through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
It is designed to enable qualified families to purchase their own home using mortgage payments which are subsidized by the Housing Authority.
There are several requirements that you must first successfully complete. However, the end result will be that the dream of owning your own home could come true for you and your family.
Eligible for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
First-time homebuyer requirements.
Minimum income requirement - annual income not less than federal minimum wage multiplied by 2,000 hours (except disabled and elderly).
Minimum employment requirement - one or more adults who will own the home is currently employed full-time (not less than average 30 hours per week) and has been continuously employed during the year before homeownership assistance.
No previous default on a mortgage under the Homeownership Program.
No family member has ownership interest in a residence.
Mandatory pre-homeownership and housing counseling.
Family has entered into a contract of sale.