2251 Table Rock Road
Medford, OR 97501
Hours: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, M-W & Friday, 12:30 PM-4:30 PM Thursday
The waiting lists are open for all programs.
||What are my responsibilites as a participant in Housing Choice Voucher program?
As a voucher holder you are responsible to notify the housing authority of any changes to your income within 10 days as well as your intention to add another person in your household; thereby adding them to your voucher. You are required to abide by the Family Obligations as a voucher holder and any violation of these obligations may result in an overpayment and termination of assistance. When in doubt, report!
THE PURPOSE OF THE FAMILY OBLIGATIONS IS TO CLARIFY REQUIREMENTS SO THE FAMILY CAN CLEARLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM WHEN PARTICIPATING IN THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE OBLIGATIONS OUTLINED BELOW, PLEASE ASK YOUR CASEWORKER. FAILURE TO FULFILL THESE PROGRAM OBLIGATIONS MAY LEAD TO TERMINATION OF PROGRAM BENEFITS AND CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. FOR YOUR BENEFIT AND PROTECTION, ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING.
A. This section states the obligations of the participant family under the program
- The family must supply any information that the Housing Authority of Jackson County or HUD determines is necessary in the administration of the program, including submission of required evidence of citizenship or eligible immigration status. Information includes any requested certification, release or other documentation.
- The family must supply any information requested by the Housing Authority of Jackson County or HUD for use in a regularly scheduled reexamination or interim reexamination of family income and composition in accordance with HUD requirements.
- The family must disclose and verify Social Security Numbers and must sign and submit consent forms for obtaining information.
- Any information supplied by the family must be true and complete.
- You must report any changes within 10 days from the change. Failure to do this could result in termination from the program.
B. Housing Quality Standard breach caused by the Family
- The family is responsible for any HQS breach caused by the family or its guests.
C. Allowing the Housing Authority of Jackson County inspections.
- The family must allow the Housing Authority of Jackson County to inspect the unit at reasonable times and after at least 2 days notice.
D. Violation of Lease
- The family may not commit any serious or repeated violation of the lease. If a Fed is filed and judgment is awarded to the owner and enforced, the family will be terminated from the program.
E. Family Notice of Move or Lease Termination
- The family must notify the Housing Authority of Jackson County and the owner before the family moves out of the unit or terminates the lease by a notice to the owner.
F. Owner Eviction Notice
- The family must promptly give the Housing Authority of Jackson County a copy of any owner eviction notice it receives.
G. Use and Occupancy of the Unit
- The family must use the assisted unit for a residence by the family. The unit must be the familyís only residence.
- The Housing Authority of Jackson County must approve the composition of the assisted family residing in the unit. The family must promptly inform the Housing Authority of Jackson County of the birth, adoption or court- awarded custody of a child. The family must request approval from the Housing Authority of Jackson County to add any other family member as an occupant of the unit. No other person (i.e., no one but members of the assisted family) may reside in the unit (except for a foster child/foster adult or live-in aide as provided in paragraph (4) of this Section).
- The family must promptly notify the Housing Authority of Jackson County if any family member no longer resides in the unit.
- If the Housing Authority of Jackson County has given approval, a foster child/foster adult or a live-in aide may reside in the unit. The Housing Authority of Jackson County has the discretion to adopt reasonable policies concerning residence by a foster child/foster adult or a live-in aide and defining when the Housing Authority of Jackson County consent may be given or denied.
- Members of the household may engage in legal profit making activities in the unit, but only if such activities are incidental to primary use of the unit for residence by members of the family. Any business uses of the unit must comply with zoning requirements and the affected household member must obtain all appropriate licenses.
- The family must not sublease or let the unit.
- The family must not assign the lease or transfer the unit.
- The family must not allow any person who is not an approved member of the household to use the participantís address as a mailing address as it will establish proof of residency and may result in termination of assistance.
H. Absence from the Unit
I. Interest in the Unit
- The family must supply any information or certification requested by the Housing Authority of Jackson County to verify that the family is living in the unit, or relating to family absence from the unit, including any Housing Authority of Jackson County requested information or certification on the purposes of family absences. The family must cooperate with the Housing Authority of Jackson County for this purpose. The family must promptly notify the Housing Authority of Jackson County in writing of its absence from the unit.
- Absence means that no member of the family is residing in the unit. The family may be absent from the unit for up to 30 calendar days. The family must request permission from the Housing Authority of Jackson County for absences exceeding 30 calendar days. The Housing Authority of Jackson County will make a determination within 10 business days of the request. An authorized absence may not exceed 180 calendar days. Any family absent for more than 30 calendar days without authorization will be terminated from the program.
- Authorized absences may include, but are not limited to:
- Prolonged hospitalization
- Absences beyond the control of the family (i.e., death in the family, other family member illness)
- Other absences that are deemed necessary by the Housing Authority of Jackson County
J. Fraud and Other Program Violation
- The family may not own or have any interest in the unit (except for owners of manufactured housing renting the manufactured home space).
K. Crime by Family Members
- The members of the family must not commit fraud, bribery, or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with the programs.
L. Other Housing Assistance
- The members of the family may not engage in drug-related criminal activity or other violent criminal activity or other criminal activity that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of other residents and persons residing in the immediate vicinity of the premises. The use of medical marijuana is not included in the ban.
- An assisted family, or members of the family, may not receive Section 8 tenant-based assistance while receiving another housing subsidy, for the same unit or for a different unit, under any duplicative (as determined by HUD or in accordance with HUD requirements) Federal, State or local housing assistance program.