$5 million approved to subsidize rent of eligible Scottsdale families

The 2019-20 annual agency plan for operation of the Housing Choice Voucher Program has been approved by Scottsdale officials, which financially assists more than 700 families.

On April 2, Scottsdale City Council unanimously approved on consent a resolution approving a fiscal year 2019-20 annual agency plan for the operation of, and to serve as the funding application for, the Housing Choice Voucher Program and authorizing its submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In addition, the resolution authorized the revised administrative plan and its submission to HUD; and authorized the acceptance of housing choice vouchers, city officials say.

The Scottsdale Housing Agency subsidizes the rent of eligible families by paying a rental subsidy directly to the landlord each month under a housing assistance payment contract. This program offers rental assistance, which is based upon the household’s income, according to a city staff report.

Families must be income eligible based on the Housing Choice Voucher Program income guidelines, the staff report stated.

The program provides affordable and safe housing opportunities for lower-income families, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Based off Scottsdale Housing Agency’s expenditures in 2018, anticipated housing assistance payment funding is approximately $5.1 million, and anticipated administrative funding is approximately $425,000, the city staff report stated.

The Scottsdale Housing Agency is authorized to assist a maximum of 735 families, and the local agency will continue to monitor voucher usage to maximize the number of families that can be served within the resources provided by HUD, the staff report stated.

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