Rental Assistance

Rental Assistance

Our site also gives information about rental assistance programs. Those interested in Section 8 Rental Assistance must fill out an application and attend a briefing before receiving assistance.

We  partner with the Duluth HRA to provide citizens in Cook County with safe, sanitary, decent and affordable housing to very low income rental households.

Section 8 Rental Assistance

Section 8 is a federal housing program funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Duluth HRA has operated HUD’s program since 1979. This program provides affordable rent to eligible applicants who rent units in the private sector.

The program is open to low-income individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or status regarding public assistance. Rent is based on 30% of the household’s adjusted gross income. Program participants select a privately owned house, apartment, duplex or mobile home. Inspections are conducted to ensure that subsidized housing units meet minimum life safety standards.

 How will the Rental Assistance Program help me?

Rents are based on 30% of your adjusted income. Program participants select a privately owned house, apartment, duplex or mobile home. The home must pass federal inspection standards and the landlord must agree to participate in the program. The HRA pays a portion of your rent directly to your landlord.

Who is eligible?

The program is open to low income individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or status regard to public assistance.

How does the program work?

1. Complete Application An application can be mailed to you by the EDA or you may pick one up at our office.

2. Application Approval Once your application is approved, your name is put on a waiting list with other applicants. Vouchers can only be given as they become available. The list is first come, first served. Some local hardship preferences are given, but all applicants must complete the required paperwork.

3. Attend Briefing Once you have filled out an application, you are required to attend a briefing before receiving rental assistance. At the briefing you will learn how the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program functions.

4. Voucher Offered Once your application is verified to be eligible; you will be offered the first available voucher. You will then have 60 days to locate an acceptable rental unit. You may choose to stay in your current rental unit or move to a new location. The owner must be willing to participate and sign a contract with the Section 8 Program prior to receiving assistance.

5. Complete Lease Forms Once you have found suitable housing, you and the owner need to complete the Request for Lease Approval forms and submit them to us. If you or the owner has questions about the form, our staff will be able to assist you.

6. Rental Inspection An inspection is conducted to be sure that the property passes the program standards. Rental owners are given 30 days to correct items that may fail the inspection.

7. Rent Payment After the unit has passed inspection and all involved parties agree, the lease and contract are executed. A portion of your rent will be paid directly to your landlord.

What does the program offer the landlord?

1. Rent Owners are guaranteed a portion of the rent. The program allows the families to better afford their rent portion, resulting in more consistent, timely, and full payments to owners.

2. Annual Inspections The annual inspection of the units helps to alert owners of required and/or recommended repairs. Ideally, this timely maintenance will reduce costly investments.

3. Security Tenants on the rental assistance program are required to sign a lease, giving owners some security. The rental assistance program also offers specific guarantees.