The Pre - Application
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.
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 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).
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.