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COMPARISON CHART

  PUBLIC HOUSING VOUCHER PROGRAM BEACON COMMUNITIES PARTNERSHIPS
Property Owner SAHA Private Sector Landlord or Property Management Company Property Management Company Single Asset limited partnership or limited liability company
How rent is paid To SAHA Tenants pay a portion of rent, based on income, to the Landlord or Property Management Company. SAHA pays the remaining portion of rent through Housing Assistance Payments. Tenant and/or SAHA pays a portion of rent to the Property Management Company Tenant pays 100% of the rent, unless tenant is a Public Housing client or Voucher client
How to apply Applicants apply online and select up to five properties at which they would prefer to live Applicants apply online when the waitlist is opened Applicants apply directly through the property Applicants apply directly through the property, except PH units in which case SAHA maintains the waiting list
Wait Time 2 to 6 years 4 to 7 years Varies by property Varies by property
Selection Process Applicants are called from the waitlist, provided available unit options and screened for eligibility Applicants are called from the waitlist and screened for eligibility Based on availability Based on availability

ELIGIBILITY

All adult family members must meet the following federal guidelines and applicant screening criteria:

  1. Be a family as defined in SAHA’s Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy
  2. Meet HUD requirements on citizenship or immigration status
  3. Meet the applicant selection criteria and complete a full application appointment
  4. Meet the screening requirements related to criminal activity and have accepted prior rental history
  5. Not have any family members engaged in any criminal activity that threatens the life, health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents, and not have any family members engaged in any drug-related criminal activity.
  6. Pay any money already owed to SAHA and have an annual income that does not exceed income limits established by HUD (must not exceed 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) based on family size).

SAN ANTONIO, TX HUD METRO FMR AREA

FY 2019 INCOME LIMIT AREA = SAN ANTONIO TEXAS HUD METRO FMR AREA
MEDIAN INCOME = $63,500

FY 2019 INOME LIMIT CATEGORY1 PERSON2 PERSON3 PERSON4 PERSON5 PERSON6 PERSON7 PERSON8 PERSON
EXTREMELY LOW ($) INCOME LIMITS$15,150$17,300$21,720$26,200$30,680$35,160$39,640$44,120
VERY LOW (50%) INCOME LIMITS$25,200$28,800$32,400$36,000$38,900$41,800$44,650$47,550
LOW (80%) INCOME LIMITS$40,350$46,100$51,850$57,600$62,250$66,850$71,450$76,050

* The FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act changed the definition of extremely low-income to be the greater of 30/50ths (60 percent) of the Section 8 very low-income limit or the poverty guidelines as established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provided that this amount is not greater than the Section 8 50% very low-income limit. Consequently, the extremely low income limits may equal the very low (50%) income limits.

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APPLY FOR HOUSING

After reviewing eligibility requirements above, you can apply for Assisted Housing Programs and Public Housing Program through our online application. The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (also known as “Section 8”) is currently closed.

Wait times for help can be anywhere between two to six years.

SAHA does not offer emergency shelter at this time. Organizations outside of SAHA offer immediate assistance for anyone experiencing homelessness or domestic violence. Please click here for more information.

You may also learn more about other income-based housing options here.

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AFTER YOU APPLY

Please keep your personal contact information up to date. When your application reaches the top of the waitlist, you will be notified by regular mail. If we are unable to contact you due to a change of address, you will be removed from the waitlist. After applying, you are required to update any changes in your name, address, phone number, email address, income and family size. All changes must be completed in the SAHA Applicant Portal.

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FINAL APPLICATION & SCREENING PROCESS

When an applicant’s name reaches the top of the waitlist, they will receive a letter with instructions on how to begin the eligibility process. Information provided to SAHA by the applicant will be verified for accuracy and eligibility.

EARLY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM (EEP) ORIENTATION

As part of the eligibility process, applicants are required to attend an Early Engagement Program (EEP) orientation before receiving housing assistance. EEP serves to educate families on program rules and expectations, how to be a successful program participant, tips on navigating program procedures and more.