Section 8 Housing

SECTION 8 Waiting List is CLOSED.

About Section 8

The Housing Choice Voucher is a rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program allows low-income families, elderly and disabled households to find affordable housing in the private market and receive assistance in paying their monthly rent. Qualified participants receive a voucher and may choose from a variety of housing options, including apartments, duplexes, single-family homes and townhomes. The participant is free to choose any housing unit that meets program requirements.An individual or family issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of their choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence if rented. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by OVO. A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord by OVO. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

OVO provides all of its services without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran.

To enroll in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, you must get on our waiting list first.  The waiting lists for all three counties are currently closed.  Please check our website for updates on the status of these waiting lists, or you may call our office (812-265-5858).  We suggest those interested check in on a monthly basis.

Note: We do not distribute applications while the waiting list is closed.  If you are interested in applying, you can only do so when the list is open.

Households must meet the income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The income limits listed below are current as of April 2014. Income limits are subject to change without notice.

Jefferson County

1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
$19,500 $22,250 $25,050 $27,800 $30,050 $32,250 $34,500 $36,700

Jennings County

1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
$18,550 $21,200 $23,850 $26,450 $28,600 $30,700 $32,800 $34,950

Scott County

1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
$18,550 $21,200 $23,850 $26,450 $28,600 $30,700 $32,800 $34,950

We conduct a criminal background check for all household members 18 years of age and older. Participants will be denied eligibility for the following:

  1. Sex Offender
  2. Any illegal drug activity within the past five years
  3. Any violent crimes within the past 10 years
  4. Production of methamphetamine in public housing

The State of Indiana controls the number of vouchers that are available in our area; therefore, demand is consistently greater than the number of available vouchers. However, there is a waiting list, and people may receive an application when the list is open.  We suggest checking in on the status of our waiting list on a monthly basis to ensure you are able to apply for the list when it is open and that you don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity.

Business savvy owners of rental units understand the value of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) and its many benefits!   The program offers assured rent payments made by OVO directly to our landlords. We also now offer direct deposit to ensure timely and convenient payments.  Participation in the program is not limited to the number of units owned, maximizing the return on investments. Our staff also offer excellent program support to both tenants and landlords.  Check out our Landlord Handbook for more information!