Section 8 or the Housing Choice Voucher Program, provides families and individuals with a housing subsidy to provide safe, affordable housing. The program utilizes scattered-site apartments available within the community, rather than housing everyone at one location. The rent paid by participants is determined by a formula that examines the households income, how many people are in the house and the cost of housing. Participants pay roughly 40% of their gross income toward rent. This is just a guideline and will vary from household to household.
This state program was modeled after the federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. It is almost identical. The main difference is the RAP is funded with state dollars and Section 8 HVC is funded with federal dollars.
Currently, the waiting lists for these programs are closed and not accepting applications at this time.
You must notify the office in writing.
Please send a letter or note to:
401 West Thames St. Unit 201
Norwich, CT 06360-7155
Or you may fax the information to: 860-885-2738.
The housing programs are not concerned that someone is in your household but it is important that is clear that your landlord has approved someone else moving in. It is also extremely important that all additional income that a new person brings into the household be counted. This will change your rent portion. It is also crucial that you request to add a new adult to your household before the person moves in. Any new household members must pass the same background checks that you had to pass before being issued a housing voucher.
All the changes in household income must be reported in writing, in fact, all changes that someone may want to report must be in writing to the above address or fax number listed in question 1.
The housing program expects that you will honor the terms of your lease, including the start and end dates. Should you need to move before the end of your lease, the programs require that you get a special form signed off by your landlord. Please note that you may face legal consequences from breaking your lease.
Each assisted apartment must be inspected at least once per year as part of your yearly recertification.