Can you Get Evicted from Section 8 Housing?
You can receive an eviction notice while living in Section 8 Housing. However, the Housing and Urban Development Department offers several resources to help you.
From their phone hotline to HUD-approved housing agencies that provide counsel in your local area. HUD counseling offices are available around the country, and there’s also a HUD located app that can be downloaded to your phone so you have around-the-clock service whenever you need it.
Resources for Eviction in Section 8 Housing
You have rights, responsibilities, services, and opportunities as a tenant associated with participating Section 8 Housing. You can use these resources to prevent eviction in the future including self-reliance training that bolsters the skills necessary to pay rent and pay it on time.
Foreclosure prevention and homeless counseling services are available free of charge through HUD’s Housing Counseling Program. Housing Counseling agencies participating in this program are not allowed to charge tenants facing issues for their services and counseling recipients should not pay for these services.
Housing counseling agencies are permitted to charge fees for other forms of housing and education counseling, including pre-purchase, reverse mortgage, rental, and non-delinquency post-purchase services. Just keep in mind that you will never be charged a fee without being informed first, so you always have the option to say no.
Another resource is the real estate acquisition and relocation program This program provides protection for people affected by the demolishing or obtaining of property. And then there’s the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which is the federal government’s program for assisting low-income, disabled, and elderly families to afford housing. Participants choose housing that meets the requirements of the program, as well as their own needs. You can receive vouchers to help with rental costs, so it’s important to avoid abusing the system in order to continue receiving the benefits.
What to Do If You Receive an Eviction Notice
The Housing and Urban Development Department recommends that if you’ve received an eviction notice, contact a legal provider for advice. These professionals are readily available in your area and can provide assistance for the best course of action for your current situation.
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