Housing Choice Voucher Program

A Federal Housing Program administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The program provides housing assistance to renters with low to moderate income in the form of rental subsidies.

Contact Theresa Girolamo, HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program Director at ext. 203 for further information.

845-225-8493

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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.

Family Self Sufficiency Program

Who May Apply?

The Family Self Sufficiency program is available to those who have obtained a Housing Choice Voucher and are working full time or if disabled, hold a part-time position. Applicants will be selected on a first come, first serve basis, as the program has limited slots available. If selected, the applicant will be notified in writing and an appointment will be scheduled with the FSS Coordinator to discuss enrollment and the benefits of becoming a participant.

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 Once a participant achieves their goals, the escrow account maybe withdrawn.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 for further information.

PutFSS@aol.com or 845-225-8493 ext. 213.

Please note: Neither PCHC or the Housing Choice Voucher program provide funds for security deposits or realtor's fees.

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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 711 for assistance.

Contact PCHC via email at puthousing@aol.com. Our offices are handicapped accessible.
If you need assistance for mobility impairments or other disabilities please contact the office prior to your appointment to ensure accommodations are in place.

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