Adams County Housing Authority is in search of new landlords who are willing to rent apartments and homes to our clients who have housing vouchers. The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. The program is sometimes referred to by its old name “Section 8.” Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to pick their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, mobile homes and apartments.

Currently around 520 households in the county are using vouchers and we are issuing an average of 12 new vouchers each month. A family who is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of their choice where the owner agrees to accept the voucher. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety as determined by HUD and ACHA and also be considered “rent reasonable” according to ACHA’s payment standards. Our housing inspector offers pre-inspections to the owners of any rental units who are trying to decide if they want to accept vouchers. All inspections are free of charge.

Stephanie McIlwee is the executive director for Adams County Housing Authority, PA Interfaith Community Programs and Turning Point Interfaith Mission.

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