LANDLORD ACCESS

The Housing Authority of Joliet has implemented a new and improved way of distributing your direct-deposit statements for your Housing Assistance Payments. We have created a "Landlord Access" Web site from which you can view or print your current statements or prior statements. Please select the link below.

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Waiting List

Is there a waiting list for the program?
Yes, there is a waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Priority is given to individuals who are displaced through no fault of their own as a result of a natural disaster; Federal, State or local government action; a housing or home owner action; hate crime; or domestic violence; working, or residents of the City of Joliet. Applications are also sorted based on the date and time that an application is completed and returned to the Housing Authority for processing.

The length of time an applicant may be on the waiting list will vary and is based on the number of individuals who are on the same bedroom size waiting list that are ahead of the applicant.

At least once each calendar year, the Housing Choice Voucher Program will send out a letter to each applicant household’s last reported address asking if the applicant continues to remain interested in receiving housing assistance. The applicant must respond back within the time period stated on the letter or the Housing Authority will remove the applicant’s name from the waiting list. Any changes to an applicant’s mailing address or telephone number must be reported to the Housing Authority when it occurs. Letters not returned or telephone calls not returned will result in the removal of an applicant’s name form an active waiting list.At least once each calendar year, the Conventional Public Housing Program will send out a letter to each applicant household’s last reported address asking if the applicant continues to remain interested in receiving housing assistance. The applicant must respond back within the time period stated on the letter or the Housing Authority will remove the applicant’s name from the waiting list. Any changes to an applicant’s mailing address or telephone number must be reported to the Housing Authority when it occurs. Letters not returned or telephone calls not returned will result in the removal of an applicant’s name form an active waiting list.

Waiting List Selection Preferences
The Housing Authority of Joliet selects applicants from its Conventional Public Housing Program waiting list based on date and time of application and three locally established admission preferences: Involuntary Displacement, Working Household, and Residency.

All applications are sorted according to date and time of application and the number of admission preferences that a household claims and can verify at the time of admission. Applicants claiming preferences do have their applications considered before those who are not claiming preferences. Simply because a household claims a preference to receive housing assistance, it does not mean that the household will automatically receive housing assistance. Claiming a preference only affects the order in which an application is selected for consideration. Applicant households must meet other program eligibility qualifications in order to receive an offer of housing assistance.

Involuntary Displacement Local Preference
An applicant shall qualify for the involuntary displacement local preference if either the applicant has been involuntarily displaced through no fault of their own and is not living in standard permanent replacement housing or the applicant will be involuntarily displaced within no more than six months (180 calendar days) from the date of preference status certification by the applicant or verification by the Housing Authority.

Definition of Permanent Replacement Housing: Housing that is safe, decent, and sanitary, adequate in size to accommodate the family’s composition, and occupied by the family pursuant to a lease or occupancy agreement. Permanent replacement housing does not include transient facilities, hotels, motels, temporary shelters, and in the case of domestic violence, housing occupied by the individual who engages in such violence. It does not include any individual imprisoned or detained pursuant to State law or an Act of Congress. Shared housing with family or friends is considered temporary housing if the applicant is not listed on a lease or occupancy agreement. Shared housing in this situation is not considered permanent replacement housing. Shared housing with family or friends is not considered temporary housing if the applicant is listed on a lease or occupancy agreement. Shared housing in this situation is considered permanent replacement housing.

Definition of Involuntary Displacement: Applicants qualify for the involuntary displacement local preference if they have vacated or must vacate their dwelling unit, as defined above, as a result of:

1. Involuntary Displacement: Natural Disaster

Displacement that is due to an act of God, such as an earthquake, tornado, flood, fire, etc. which makes the applicant’s dwelling unit uninhabitable. Either a Federal, State or Local government entity must declare an official disaster in order for an applicant to obtain and verify this local preference. Multiple point award within this preference category is prohibited.

2. Involuntary Displacement: Federal, State, Local Government Action

Displacement that is due to an official act initiated by either a Federal, State or local government body in connection with code enforcement, condemnation (occupancy prohibited due to a code violation), eminent domain, public improvement, or development program. Displacement due to a government action that is due to an applicant not maintaining a facility or an applicant’s involvement in antisocial activities, e.g. drug and/or gang related activity, is not considered involuntary displacement. Correspondence from the governmental body declaring the action and verifying that the action is impacting the applicant must be presented in order for an applicant to obtain and verify this local preference. Multiple point award within this preference category is prohibited.

3. Involuntary Displacement: Housing/Home Owner Action

Displacement that is due to an owner’s action that is beyond the applicant’s ability to prevent and which occurs despite the applicant having met all previous conditions of occupancy. Actions that qualify include an owner’s use of the dwelling unit for personal or family reasons, condo conversion, conversion of the unit into a non-rental or non-residential use, closure of the dwelling unit for rehabilitation purposes or non-residential use, sale of the dwelling unit with an applicant’s agreement to vacate upon sale and transfer of the prop erty, and any legally-authorized act which results in the owner removing the dwelling unit from the rental market. Displacement that is the result of a rent increase, an applicant’s refusal to comply with program policies or procedures to correct occu pancy standards (the applicant is over and/or under occupied a dwelling unit), or due to an applicant’s refusal to accept a transfer to another dwelling unit subject to a court decree or HUD pre-approved desegregation plan is not considered involuntary displacement. Displacement from a relative’s dwelling unit requires that the relative have the legal right to either lease or sublet the dwelling unit to the applicant. If the owner of the dwelling unit is an immediate family member/relative and there was no prior rental agreement and the applicant was part of the owner’s family prior to application, the applicant shall not be considered involuntarily displaced. Verification of this local preference by an applicant must include certification from the housing/home owner of the impending action. Multiple point award within this preference category is prohibited.

4. Involuntary Displacement: Hate Crimes

Displacement that is due to one or more members of an applicant’s family having been the victim of one or more hate crimes and the applicant has vacated a dwelling unit due to such crime, or the fear of such crime has destroyed the applicant’s peaceful enjoyment of the dwelling unit. A hate crime is defined as the actual or threatened recent or recurring act(s) of physical violence or intimidation that is directed against a person or their property, and is based on the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or familial status and has occurred within the past 180 calendar days or is of a continuing nature. An applicant residing in a violent neighborhood or who is fearful of violence occurring within a neighborhood is not considered involuntarily displaced. Verification of this local preference by an applicant must clearly identify actual or threatened recent or recurring acts of physical violence or intimidation. Verification must be provided by two or more institutions or persons with direct knowledge of the hate crimes and must be submitted in the form of a certification or copy of a filed report. Institutions or third party persons may include the local law enforcement agency, social service agency, a court of law (dispositions and/or documents), religious/clergy persons, and medical staff persons or physicians. A third party person does not include a family member and/or friend. Multiple point award within this pref erence category is prohibited.

5. Involuntary Displacement: Domestic Violence

Displacement that is due to one or more members of an applicant’s family having been the recent (within the past 180 calendar days) or recurring victim of one or more incidents of domestic violence originating from within their current living situation. An applicant resid ing in a violent neighborhood or who is fearful of violence occurring within a neighborhood is not considered involuntarily displaced. If admitted into the housing assistance program, the applicant must certify that the individual who engaged in such violence will not reside with the applicant. Violation of the applicant’s certification (e.g. the abuser returns to the family and resides within the unit with out the explicit written approval of the PHA) is grounds for the Housing Authority to terminate agency provided housing assistance due to the applicant’s breach of the certification. The Housing Authority takes all necessary precautions to ensure that the new location of the family is concealed from the abusive family member(s).

Verification of this local preference by an applicant must clearly identify actual recent or recurring acts of physical violence. Verification must be provided by two or more institutions or third party persons with direct knowledge of the domestic violence act(s) and must be submitted in the form of a certification or copy of a filed report. Institutions or persons may include the local law enforcement agency, social service agency, a court of law (dispositions and/or documents), religious/clergy persons, and medical staff persons or physi cians. A third party person does not include a family member and/or friend. Multiple point award within this preference category is prohibited.

Working Household Local Preference
An applicant shall qualify for the working household local preference if the head of household, spouse or sole member is employed. This preference is automatically awarded to families whose head, spouse or sole member is 62 years of age or older or is an individual with a disability. This preference is not based on any dollar amount of earned income but rather whether or not the individual cited above is employed. Verification of this local preference by an applicant must clearly identify employment and must be in writing from the agency/organization/company the individual is employed.

Residency Local Preference
An applicant shall qualify for the residency local preference if the applicant lives, works, or has been hired to work or is attending school within the Housing Authority of Joliet’s service jurisdiction (designated as the City of Joliet). Applicants who reside within the City of Joliet receive preference over applicants who reside outside of the City of Joliet. Verification of this local preference by an applicant must clearly identify residency, employment, impending employment, or schooling with the service jurisdiction of the Housing Authority.

Denial of Waiting List Selection Preference(s)
If the Housing Authority of Joliet denies a preference, the Housing Authority will notify the applicant in writing of the reasons why the preference was denied and offer the applicant an opportunity for an informal meeting. The applicant will have 10 business days to request the meeting in writing. If the preference denial is upheld as a result of the meeting, or the applicant does not request a meeting, the applicant will then be placed back onto the waiting list without benefit of the claimed preference. Applicants may exercise other rights if they believe they have been discriminated against. If an applicant falsified documents or made false statements in order to qualify for any preference or to gain access to the waiting list, the applicant shall be immediately purged/removed from the waiting list.

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