DETCOG WAITING LIST IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

A Notice will be posted 10 days in advance of the waiting list reopening

 

In Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis:

DETCOG Regional Housing Authority is determining eligibility for applicants as their their name reaches the top of the waiting list, staff will email notifications, letters, or information as needed to you, please forward any requested information to our office by email to: housing@detcog.gov, or mail them to: 1405 Kurth Drive, Lufkin TX 75904-1929.

The PHA will conduct virtual briefings. Alternatively, when a virtual briefing is not possible or accessible, DETCOG may offer expanded briefing packets. Appointment notices will be emailed to the email address on file with our office. Signatures are required for many of the briefing documents. Once the briefing has ended, you will be given an appointment to come into our office to sign your briefing documents and voucher.  If you do not attend the virtual briefing through it's entirety, it will be counted as a missed appointment.  If you miss two scheduled appointments without good cause, your assistance will be denied.  This process is subject to change without notice; any revisions to this process will be posted here. 

You May Submit Requested Eligibility Documents in ONE of Following Ways:

    Email: housing@detcog.gov

    Fax: (936) 632-5916

    Hand-Delivered: DETCOG, 1405 Kurth Dr,  Lufkin TX. 

Become Available.  Please stay safe. 

 

Notice to Applicants Determined Eligible During Temporary Suspension

Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List

To be eligible for the HCV program

 

The applicant family must:

  • Qualify as a family as defined by HUD and the PHA.

  • Have income at or below HUD-specified income limits.

  • Qualify on the basis of citizenship or the eligible immigrant status of family members.

  • Provide social security number information for family members as required.

  • Consent to the PHA’s collection and use of family information as provided for in PHA-provided consent forms.

  • The PHA must determine that the current or past behavior of household members does not include activities that are prohibited by HUD or DETCOG.

Application Process

DETCOG utilizes a lottery system for admission to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. Applications for the HCV Program are taken only when the lottery pool is open. The dates and times of the waiting list opening will be publicly announced 10 days in advance. After all complete and unduplicated applications are received during the waiting list opening; DETCOG will conduct a random lottery to select the applicants that will be placed on the waiting list. Applicants will be randomly assigned a number, and the applicants will be placed on the waiting list in order of the assigned numbers and according to DETCOG preference(s).

DETCOG uses an internet application process to accept applications during the period of the open waiting list. Applications can be submitted from any location with internet access. In cases where elderly or disabled families do not have access to the internet and are not able to access the application through a social service or partner agency, the applicant may request a paper copy of the application. Complete applications must be received and/or post-marked no later than the last day that the waiting list is open. 

DETCOG utilizes a lottery system for admission to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. Applications for the HCV Program are taken only when the lottery pool is open. The dates and times of the waiting list opening will be publicly announced 10 days in advance.

Local Application Preferences

Local Residency - 100 points

Veterans - 5 points

Victim of Domestic Violence - 5 points

  

Disabled Head or Co-head - 5 points

click here for preferences qualifications

Families can access the internet application through DETCOG’s online portal at WaitlistCheck.com. Access to the application will be available during the entire time of the waiting list opening. Once the waiting list is closed, applicants will be able to use their WaitlistCheck.com login username and password to login at AssistanceCheck.com to view the status of their application. 

Applications/pre-applications must be fully completed in order to be accepted by the PHA for placement on the waiting list. Incomplete applications/pre-applications WILL NOT be accepted, and will not be returned for corrections.

Applications not selected through the lottery system will not be placed on the waiting list. Applicants who, through the lottery system, are not placed on the waiting list may reapply when the waiting list reopens.

Selection Method

​​DETCOG has established local preferences giving priority to families who meet one the preference categories listed below.  Preferences are not verified at the time of application. Any preference noted on the application will be verified at the time an applicant reaches the top of the waiting list; you will not be given a preference if you do not meet the preference at the time you reach the top of the waiting list. 

 

Note: As per our Administrative Plan, applications are accepted onto the waiting list by preference/lottery method; if it is determined at verification that applicant did not qualify for the preference(s) claimed on the original application and those preferences caused the application to be selected by preference/lottery onto the waiting list when it otherwise would not have been selected, the application will be denied.

 

Detailed information about preferences is available for review in Chapter 4.III.C of our Administrative Plan.

 

HCV preferences include:

Local Residency Preference.  Verification required by any household where the head, spouse, or sole member is currently residing within the DETCOG 12-county jurisdiction at the time of application. The DETCOG jurisdiction includes the following Texas counties: Angelina County, Hardin County, Houston County (Houston County does not include Houston, TX nor any part of Harris County), Jasper County, Newton County, Polk County, Sabine County, San Augustine County, San Jacinto County, Shelby County, Trinity County and Tyler County (Tyler County does not include Tyler, TX nor any part of Smith County).

Residency verification:

a.  The applicant may present an executed lease under his or her name or in his or her spouse’s name which has a residential address that is within the DETCOG twelve-county jurisdiction. The lease must have been executed at the time of application; or

b. The applicant may also present valid government issued identification under his or her name or his or her spouse’s name which has a residential address that is within the DETCOG twelve-county jurisdiction. The government issued identification must have been valid at the time of application; or

c. The applicant may also present his or her or his or her spouse’s utility bill for a residential address that is within the DETCOG twelve-county jurisdiction. The utility bill must have been issued at time of application; or

d.  If the applicant and his or her spouse reside at a homeless shelter that is located within the DETCOG twelve-county jurisdiction, the applicant must be able to provide at least one form of documentation listed in section a, b or c above for a residential address prior to him or her becoming homeless. 

Employment verification:

 a.  The applicant may present his or her or his or her spouse’s most recent pay stub with an address of an employer and job site that is located within the DETCOG twelve-county jurisdiction; or

b.  The applicant may present a written offer of employment with an address of an employer and job site that is located within the DETCOG twelve-county jurisdiction.

  - 100 points

Veterans Preference. Any household deemed eligible as acknowledged by the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Staff, or who has 3rd party verification of veterans status, discharge papers, or is in receipt of veterans benefits.

   - 5 points

Victim of Domestic Violence Preference. Any household where the head, spouse or sole member was a victim of domestic violence.

   - 5 points

Disabled Preference. Verification of the receipt of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is sufficient verification of disability for the purpose of qualifying for waiting list preferences (if applicable) or certain income disallowances and deductions.

   5 points

 
Eligibility Documents Required

Once your name comes to the top of the waiting list, we will contact you and set up an appointment to complete your application and submit the necessary documents.  You must keep your contact information updated so that we can reach you when your application is selected from the waiting list. 

You must bring these items with you to your appointment:

If you do not bring all of the requested documents to your appointment, we will not be able to process your application and you may not be considered for assistance.

  • Your last 2 consecutive pay check stubs from each employer

  • Social Security award letter

  • Most recent bank statement

  • Child Support form completed from the Child Support Office

  • Award letter for Food Stamps and/or TANF

  • Photo ID for every member of the household 18 years and older

  • Birth Certificates for every member of the household

  • Social Security Cards for every member of the household

 
Finding A Place To Live

Once you qualify for a voucher and have completed all of your eligibility paperwork, the next step is to find a place to live. You will be given a “Request for Tenancy Approval”, referred to as our "Pink Packet".   You are responsible for finding a unit that accepts Housing Choice Vouchers in the private market. It is important to act quickly, as the voucher expires in 90 days.

DETCOG directs voucher holders to www.gosection8.com .   This website contains a list of landlords with vacancies that are open to accepting vouchers.   Landlords are encouraged to list available units here; however you should also look for other private landlords willing to accept the voucher.   It is your responsibility to find a unit that is suitable for your specific situation.

Once you find an acceptable unit, you must request the landlord complete and sign the Request for Tenancy Approval. This packet should be returned to your Housing Specialist as soon as it is completed.  

DETCOG will contact the landlord to schedule an inspection once the Request for Tenancy has been completed.  If the unit does not pass inspection or the landlord is unwilling to make necessary repairs in a timely manner, you must start looking for another apartment immediately.

You may not move-in without the approval of your Housing Specialist.  If you do, you will be responsible for your full rent.

 
 

HUD requires the PHA to deny assistance in the following cases

  • Any member of the household has been evicted from federally-assisted housing in the last 3 years for drug-related criminal activity. HUD permits, but does not require, the PHA to admit an otherwise-eligible family if the household member has completed a PHA-approved drug rehabilitation program or the circumstances which led to eviction no longer exist (e.g., the person involved in the criminal activity no longer lives in the household).

    DETCOG Policy

    DETCOG will admit an otherwise-eligible family who was evicted from federally-assisted housing within the past 3 years for drug-related criminal activity, if DETCOG is able to verify that the household member who engaged in the criminal activity has completed a supervised drug rehabilitation program approved by DETCOG, or the person who committed the crime, is no longer living in the household.

  • The PHA determines that any household member is currently engaged in the use of illegal drugs.

    DETCOG Policy

    Currently engaged in is defined as any use of illegal drugs during the previous six months.

  • The PHA has reasonable cause to believe that any household member's current use or pattern of use of illegal drugs, or current abuse or pattern of abuse of alcohol, may threaten the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents.

    DETCOG Policy

    In determining reasonable cause, DETCOG will consider all credible evidence, including but not limited to, any record of convictions, arrests, or evictions of household members related to the use of illegal drugs or the abuse of alcohol.  A conviction will be given more weight than an arrest.  DETCOG will also consider evidence from treatment providers or community-based organizations providing services to household members.

  • Any household member has ever been convicted of drug-related criminal activity for the production or manufacture of methamphetamine on the premises of federally assisted housing

  • Any household member is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program

Other Permitted Reasons DETCOG Will Deny Assistance

HUD permits, but does not require, the PHA to deny assistance for the reasons discussed in this section.

 

Criminal Activity

HUD permits, but does not require, the PHA to deny assistance if the PHA determines that any household member is currently engaged in, or has engaged in during a reasonable time before the family would receive assistance, certain types of criminal activity.

 

DETCOG Policy

If any household member is currently engaged in, or has engaged in any of the following criminal activities, within the past five years, the family will be denied assistance.

 

Drug-related criminal activity, defined by HUD as the illegal manufacture, sale, distribution, or use of a drug, or the possession of a drug with intent to manufacture, sell, distribute or use the drug [24 CFR 5.100].

 

Violent criminal activity, defined by HUD as any criminal activity that has as one of its elements the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force substantial enough to cause, or be reasonably likely to cause, serious bodily injury or property damage [24 CFR 5.100].

 

Criminal activity that may threaten the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents or persons residing in the immediate vicinity; or

 

Criminal activity that may threaten the health or safety of property owners and management staff, and persons performing contract administration functions or other responsibilities on behalf of the PHA (including a PHA employee or a PHA contractor, subcontractor, or agent).

 

Immediate vicinity means within a three-block radius of the premises.

Evidence of such criminal activity includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any conviction for drug-related or violent criminal activity within the past 5 years

  • Any record of eviction from public or privately-owned housing as a result of criminal activity within the past 5 years.

  • A conviction for drug-related or violent criminal activity will be given more weight than an arrest for such activity.

In making its decision to deny assistance, DETCOG will consider the factors discussed in Section 3-III.E.

Upon consideration of such factors, the DETCOG may, on a case-by-case basis, decide not to deny assistance.

Office: (936) 238-7771

Fax: (936) 632-5916

housing@detcog.gov

1405 Kurth Drive

Lufkin, Texas 75904-1929

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