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Rental Housing Choice Voucher Program

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The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV, formerly known as Section 8) program pays rental subsidies to owners of existing rental property on behalf of lower income families, elderly and disabled persons. Renters wishing to find out more about applying for assistance, or landlords interested in placing their properties on the program, please call 806-378-3098.

Housing Choice Voucher Landlords

It will be mandatory that Landlords be registered for direct deposit by February 1, 2014. HUD changes have made it necessary for the housing department to reduce expenses and change procedures. Payments that have been processed prior to the 1st of the month will soon be processed on the 1st day of the month. Direct deposit will reduce our costs and assure your payments are received as close to the 1st as possible. Housing assistance payments will only be paid to landlords through direct deposit (ACH payments). Landlords will enroll for direct deposit at the following Paymode portal site:

Landlords will need their Housing vendor code to complete enrollment. Please contact the Housing Office at 378-3098 for your vendor code. Notice the ‘Quick Links’ to the right of the screen: Enroll and Learn More.

  1. Click Enroll to register for direct deposits with the City of Amarillo. Click Learn More to see the advantages of receiving vendor payments via ACH.
  2. When you arrive at the registration form, please be aware that the EIN Number will be your social security number or if you have one, your business tax ID number.
  3. Fill out the online registration and if assistance is needed you may call Paymode’s Customer Support, toll free number at 877-433-6944. All other questions may be answered by the Accounting Department at 378-6207.

The Family Self Sufficiency Program

The Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a component of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HUD) program, but in addition to the rental subsidy, this program also provides case management. Persons interested in this program must be current participants for a minimum of 12 months and be in good standing with the Housing Office. The caseworker guides the participant in developing a five-year plan to achieve self sufficiency. Impediments to self sufficiency such as childcare, education, employment, transportation, and insurance are over-come through the involvement of local community agencies.

A monetary incentive of the FSS program is the escrow account. As job skills improve causing wages to increase, the participant pays a greater proportion of their rent and the City pays less. The City puts the difference in an escrow (savings) account.  At the end of five years, if the participant has completed all of their goals and has been off all types of government cash assistance for the last year of their contract, they receive all the money in the escrow account. Participants have used this money to buy a home or continue their education.

For information on FSS, call Nina Martinez at 806-378-3098.