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Housing Department

John Ashe, Executive Director

Nancy Crawford, Housing Specialist

Rita McConnell, Housing Specialist

Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday - 8:00am – 5:00pm 
Closed from 12:00pm until 1:00pm for lunch
The Housing Office is closed to the public on Fridays for Administrative work.
                    
Physical Address
111 Central Street
Sylva, NC  28779

Mailing Address
401 Grindstaff Cove Road
Sylva, NC 28779
   
Effective March 1, 2011, the Housing Agency will no longer be accepting applications.
The Jackson County Public Housing Agency is funded by: Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Mission

The mission of the Jackson County Public Housing Agency is to help qualified low-income families and individuals find adequate, affordable housing and to assist these families and/or individuals with their rent, based on their income.

We Do Business in Accordance With the Federal Fair Housing law



 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410
Telephone: (202) 708-1112 TTY: (202) 708-1455

Links
North Carolina Housing Authorities

Helpful Tips

What are tenant-based vouchers?
Tenant-based vouchers increase affordable housing choices for very low-income families. Families with a tenant-based voucher choose and lease safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing.

What families are eligible to apply for tenant-based vouchers?
Very low-income families (i.e. families with incomes below 50% of area median income) and a few specific categories of families with incomes up to 80% of the area median income. These include families that are already assisted under the 1937 U.S. Housing Act, such as families physically displaced by public housing demolition and owners opting out of project-based section 8 housing assistance payments (HAP) contacts. (HUD determines median income levels for each area annually.)

How does a PHA determine if a family is income eligible?
The PHA compares the family’s annual (gross) income with the HUD established very low-income limit for the area. The family’s gross income cannot exceed this limit.

How do families obtain tenant-based vouchers?
Families apply at their local public housing agency (PHA) that administers this program. When an eligible family comes to the top of the PHA’s housing choice voucher waiting list, the PHA issues a housing choice voucher to the family.

How does a family obtain an apartment once they have a voucher?
It is the responsibility of a family to find a unit that meets their needs. If the family finds a unit that meets the housing quality standards, the rent is reasonable, and the unit meets other program requirements, the PHA executes a HAP contract with the property owner. This contract authorizes the PHA to make subsidy payments on behalf of the family. If the family moves out of the unit, the contract with the owner ends and the family can move with continued assistance to another unit.

How much rent do vouchers cover?
The PHA pays the owner the difference between 30 percent of adjusted family income and a PHA determined payment standard or the gross rent for the unit, whichever is lower. The family may choose a unit with a higher rent than the payment standard and pay the owner the difference.

What regulations cover this program?
Regulations are found at – www.hud.gov

 (The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988)

It is Illegal to Discriminate Against Any Person Because of Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Handicap, Familial Status, or National Origin
In the sale or rental of housing or residential lots In the provision of real estate brokerage services 
In advertising the sale or rental of housing In the appraisal of housing 
In the financing of housing Blockbusting is also illegal 

Anyone who feels he or she has been discriminated against may file a complaint of housing discrimination:
1-800-669-9777 (Toll Free)
1-800-927-9275 (TDD) U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Washington, D.C. 20410

We Do Business in Accordance With the Federal Fair Housing law

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20410
Telephone: (202) 708-1112 TTY: (202) 708-1455