Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Program

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 CFS. A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord by CFS. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

To enroll in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, you must get on our waiting list first. Please check our website for updates on the status of these waiting lists, or you may call our office (260-726-6322).  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. 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.

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.

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Tenants

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) allows us to stay true to our mission of "Empowering People to Improve". At CFS we provide decent, safe and sanitary housing for income qualified individuals and maintain their rent at an affordable level. We believe in fair housing and the opportunity for low-income families of all ethnic backgrounds to experience the freedom of housing choice.

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Landlords

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 CFS 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. 

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Additional Resources

Mail-in applications are being accepted for Wabash, Adams, and Huntington Counties.

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