HUD / Section 8 Process

The Pre - Application Process

To receive rental assistance you must first complete a Pre-Application Form. This can be done by:

1. Ways to obtain an application:

a. Visit our office at the Administrative Building located at 1525 Washington Street West, Charleston, WV.

b. Call Wanda Allen at 304-348-6451 or 1-888-881-6451 ext. 202, to request having one mailed to your address.

c. Download a Pre-Application Packet located in the Forms tab.

By submitting a pre-application your name will be placed on the waiting list according to the date and time it was received by Charleston-Kanawha Housing.  You must inform CKHA of any change in your mailing address while on the waiting list. Failure to do so my prevent you from receiving assistance.

Working Preference

The Working Preference is provided when at least one adult in your household is employed for at least 20 hours per week. You must complete a working preference form and provide documentation of employment with either a copy of a recent pay stub (within the past month) or a letter from your employer.

The Working Preference is also extended to elderly families and to families whose head or spouse are receiving income based on their inability to work (such as SSI).

Emergency Assistance

Unfortunately, emergency assistance is not available through the Section 8 program. However, you may apply and, if eligible, rent one of Charleston Kanawha Housing's public housing units and keep your place on the Section 8 waiting list.

Selection from the Waiting List

Once you have been selected from the waiting list you will be notified in writing to attend an applicant orientation. This meeting will allow staff to obtain more information from you to determine if you remain eligible for assistance and to provide you with information about program rules and requirements. You must attend this briefing to be eligible for assistance.

Eligibility Requirements

It is important to note that attending an orientation does not guarantee a family will receive a voucher. The determination of eligibility is based on the following:

 1. Current  Income Limits 

If a family is initially income eligible, but their income increases to exceed the income limits prior to Charleston-Kanawha Housing entering into a contract with a landlord, the family will no longer be eligible. If this occurs the family will be notified in writing.

2. The family must furnish Social Security Cards for all household members age six and older;

3. The family must furnish evidence of citizenship/eligible immigrant status.

In addition, a family may be denied assistance for any of the following reasons:

1. Any member of the family has been evicted from public housing;

2. Any member of the family currently owes rent or other amounts to CKH or another housing agency with Section 8 or public housing.

3. Any member of the family has engaged in or threatened abusive or violent behavior toward CKH personnel;

Fraud, bribery or other corrupt act in a federal housing program.

Drug related activity.

Violent activity against person or property.

If you are determined ineligible for assistance as a result of any of the factors listed above you will be notified by mail and given the opportunity to request an informal hearing to appeal the determination.


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