The waiting list for the HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program is now closed.
If you are at risk of becoming homeless, please contact the Putnam County Department of Social Services at 845-808-1500.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federal housing program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program provides housing assistance to renters with low to moderate income in the form of rental subsidies. Individuals with disabilities are eligible for the program and reasonable accommodations will be made where necessary to ensure equal participation in housing assistance.
Contact Theresa Girolamo, HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program Director, 845-225-8493 ext. 203 for further information.
Neither PCHC or the voucher program provide funds
for security deposits or realtor’s fees.
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Statewide Section 8 Voucher Program, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan, May 2020.
Equal Housing Opportunity Statement: We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are to barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.
If you need assistance accessing information through an alternative means, please be aware PCHC offers free interpretive services. The hearing impaired can call TDD Relay number 1-800-662-1220 for assistance and an informational brochure for the sight-impaired is available. Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. PCHC’s offices are handicapped accessible.
FAMILY SELF SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM
The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program helps Section 8 families become economically independent by linking them to services, education and training programs which will enable a family to support itself without government assistance other than for housing. Some of the services available in Putnam County include: childcare, transportation, personal and career counseling, adult basic education, higher education, job training and placement, and any other program needed to help the family meet the goal of self-sufficiency
Who May Apply?
FSS applicants are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. When there are more applicants for the program than there are slots, a waiting list is established. When a slot becomes available, the applicant is notified. An appointment is scheduled with the FSS Coordinator to discuss your participation. Please note: Participation requires the voucher holder work full time or if disabled, at least part-time.
The Next Step
The FSS Coordinator will assist you in preparing an individual service plan based on short and long-term goals. Goals may include: child-care, GED, college courses and degrees, vocational training, financial literacy or vocational training, career counseling, job placement and transportation. If you are eligible, you will enter into a Contract of Participation whereby you agree to work toward achieving your goals. After you have acquired the needed skills, you will be required to look for a job and keep it. You will have five (5) years to meet the goals agreed to in your contract, with a possible two (2) year extension.
What is the Escrow Account?
As the FSS participant increases its total household income due to increased earned income, the Section 8 Program will make deposits into a special bank account. The amount to be deposited is calculated using a HUD formula. Once a participant achieves their goals, the escrow account maybe withdrawn. FSS graduates have used their escrow accounts for tuition, to purchase a car and even for down payment and closing costs on a home.
Contact the FSS Coordinator Edie Garvey at 845-225-8493 ext. 213 or email PutFSS@aol.com for further information.