Housing Choice Voucher Program
(Formerly known as Section 8)
Choosing a home and a neighborhood is a very personal decision. The Housing Choice Voucher Program allows families to select housing of their choice in neighborhoods of their choice. The Housing Choice Voucher Program works as a rent subsidy allowing families to pay a reasonable share of income for rent with Concord Housing + Redevelopment making up the difference up to a specific limit. Concord Housing + Redevelopment administers roughly 224 Housing Choice Vouchers within the cities of Concord and Penacook. Applicants will pay 30-40% of their adjusted, monthly income toward rent and CH+R will pay an eligible landlord the rest of the rent up to the Fair Market Value. This is a federally subsidized program administered through HUD. Applicants need to meet eligibility criteria and income limits.
After completing an application, CH+R makes an initial determination of eligibility based on income and family size. Date of application and local preferences determine the order of applicants on our wait list. Eligible applicants will receive notification of their approximate wait time for their name to reach the top of our wait list.
Housing Choice Voucher Program Income Limits
To be added to the Housing Choice Voucher Program wait list, applicants must be at or below these income guidelines based on their household size. Applicants also need to meet income limits upon intake. These numbers reflect income limit categories as reported by HUD. Income limits are based on Fair Market Rent (FMR).
Other eligibility requirements
There are six eligibility requirements for admission to public housing:
- Household meets CH+R ’s definition of family;
- Household’s annual income may not exceed the applicable income as published by HUD (see above);
- Household meets the documentation requirements of citizenship or eligible immigration status;
- Household members provide Social Security number verification;
- Signature of applicable consent forms by all family members age 18 and older;
- Household members meet CH+R ’s screening criteria, including criminal background check.
Fair Market Rents
Fair Market Rents (FMRs) are primarily used to determine payment standard amounts for the Housing Choice Voucher program, to determine initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based Section 8 contracts, and to determine initial rents for housing assistance payment.
Fair Market Rents for Concord, NH