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Policies

Seattle Housing Authority currently has an Administrative Plan for its Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). It explains the policies through which the agency administers the program. The plan has been approved by the Board of Commissioners.

The full plan, including its individual chapters, glossary and appendix are available in PDF format (download Adobe Reader).

  • SHA Mission, Values, Guiding Principles
  • Moving to New Ways/Move to Work Plan
  • Administrative Fee Reserve
  • Fair Housing Policy
  • Owner Outreach
  • Reasonable Accommodations Policy
  • Privacy/Confidentiality/Use of Personal Identifiers
  • Interpretation and Translation Policy for Persons with Limited English Proficiency
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Eligibility Factors
  • Definitions of "Family" – Family Composition
  • Income Limits
  • Mandatory Social Security Numbers
  • Citizenship/Eligible Non-Citizen
  • Criminal History and Other Criteria for Admission
  • Restrictions on assistance to students enrolled in an institution of higher education
  • Notice to Landlords: Not Responsible for Tenant Screening
  • Changes in Eligibility Prior to Effective Date of Contract
  • Notification of Denial
  • Prohibited Admissions Criteria
  • General Public Waiting List: Tenant-Based Vouchers
  • Project-Based and Agency-Based Voucher Programs
  • Special Issuance
  • Seattle Senior Housing Program (SSHP)
  • Executive Director Discretion
  • Vouchers Provided by HUD for Specific Residents of Specific Units
  • Allocation of Vouchers
  • Family Outreach
  • Opening and Closing of the Waiting List
  • Local Preference
  • Selection Process for Special/Targeted Vouchers
  • Cancellation/Reinstatement Policies
  • Pre-Application Process
  • Issuance Process
  • Changes in Income and Family Composition Prior to Lease-Up
  • Goals
  • Project Selection Criteria
  • Eligible Owners of Project-Based Housing
  • Project Selection
  • Maximum Gross Rents/Payment Standards
  • Uses of Subsidy
  • Contract Term
  • Annual Rent Increases
  • Vacancy Loss and Damage Claims
  • Exit Vouchers
  • Tenant Selection: Waiting Lists
  • Lease Terms for Residents of Project-Based Properties
  • Overcrowded, under-occupied, and accessible units
  • Minimum Occupancy Requirements for Project-Based Properties
  • Tenant Selection: Admissions Criteria
  • Housing Quality Standards: Inspections
  • Rent Calculations for Tenants: Treatment of Medicaid
  • Unit Transfers
  • Release of Health-Related Information
  • Protection of Revenue in Event of Reduction in Federal Funds
  • Contract Language Takes Precedence
  • Replacement of HUD Regulations and Previous Policy Statements
  • Percentage Allocation
  • Goals and Rationale for the Agency-Based Voucher Program
  • Regular Review of Agency-Based Voucher Program
  • Qualified Agencies
  • Agency Services Agreement
  • Documenting Allocations of Vouchers
  • Determining Voucher Size
  • Exceptions to Voucher Size Standards
  • Unit Size Selected if Different from Voucher
  • Implementing New Minimum Occupancy Standards, August 2005
  • Implementing New Minimum Occupancy Standards, December 2015
  • Income and Allowances
  • Disallowance of Earned Income from Rent Determination for Persons with Disabilities
  • Exclusion of Income from Qualified Training Program
  • Minimum Rent
  • Definition of Temporarily/Permanently Absent
  • Averaging Income
  • Minimum Income/Reported Zero Income/Credit Checks
  • Income of Person Permanently Confined to a Nursing Home
  • Regular Contributions and Gifts
  • Alimony and Child Support
  • Lump-Sum Receipts and Income from Trusts
  • Retirement Funds – Assets
  • Assets Disposed of for Less than Fair Market Value
  • Child Care Expenses
  • Medical Expenses
  • Pro-ration of Assistance for "Mixed" Families
  • Income Changes Resulting from Welfare Requirements
  • Utility Estimate and Assistance Payments
  • Methods of Verification and Time Allowed
  • Release of Information
  • Computer Matching
  • Items to be Verified
  • Verification of Income
  • Income from Assets
  • Verification of Assets
  • Verification of Allowable Deductions from Income
  • Verifying Non-Financial Factors
  • Verification of Waiting List Preferences
  • Briefing Types and Required Attendance
  • Assistance to Families Who Claim Discrimination
  • Term of Voucher: Expiration, Suspension, Extensions
  • Request for Tenancy Approval
  • Eligible Types of Housing
  • Lease Review
  • Separate Agreements
  • Rent Limitations
  • Disapproval of Proposed Rent: Affordability Cap
  • Information to Prospective Owners about Family's Current and Previous Addresses
  • Owner Disapproval
  • Change in Total Tenant Payment Prior to HAP Effective Date
  • Contract Execution Process
  • Change in Ownership
  • Guidelines/Types of Inspections
  • HQS Guidelines for Unit Size Selected
  • Initial HQS Inspections
  • Annual/Biennial HQS Inspections
  • Move-Out/Vacate Inspections
  • Special/Complaint Inspections
  • Quality Control Inspections
  • Acceptability Criteria and Exceptions to HQS
  • Emergency Repair Items
  • Abatement
  • Owner/Family Responsibility for HQS
  • HQS Inspections of SHA-Owned Units
  • Making Payments to Owners
  • Rent Reasonable Determinations
  • Payment Standards
  • Adjustments to Payment Standards
  • Regularly Schedule Annual, Biennial, and Triennial Activities
  • Annual Recertification/Re-examination
  • Reporting Interim Changes
  • Other Interim Reporting Issues
  • Income Changes Resulting from Welfare Program Requirements
  • Notification of Results of Recertification and Annual Updates
  • Timely Reporting of Changes in Income and Household Circumstances
  • Allowable Move
  • Restrictions on Moves
  • Procedures for Moves
  • Portability
  • Restrictions on Portability
  • Outgoing Portability
  • Incoming Portability
  • Contract Termination
  • Termination by the Family: Moves
  • Termination of Tenancy by the Owner: Evictions
  • Termination of the Contract by Seattle Housing Authority
  • Grounds for Termination
  • Failure to Comply with Family Obligations
  • Termination of Assistance for Criminal History
  • Termination for Failure to Submit Consent Forms
  • Termination for Non-Eligible Immigration Status
  • Out of a Contracted Unit for More Than 60 Consecutive days
  • $50 or Less HAP for 180 Days
  • Savings Match Program Voluntary Exit
  • Procedures for Termination of Assistance
  • Option Not to Terminate for Misrepresentation
  • Misrepresentation in Collusion with Owner
  • Disapproval of Owner
  • Limitations on Owner Restrictions and Termination
  • Change in Ownership
  • Payment Agreement for Participants
  • Owner Debts to Seattle Housing Authority
  • Writing Off Debts
  • Complaints
  • Informal Reviews for Denials of Admission to Program
  • Informal Hearing Procedures for Participants
  • Conduct of Hearings Not Involving a Voucher Termination
  • Informal Voucher Termination Hearing Procedures
  • Decisions Not Binding on SHA
  • Records
  • Hearing Officer Selection
  • Hearing Officer Evaluation
  • Hearing Officer Training
  • Hearing and Appeal Provisions for "Restrictions on Assistance to Non-Citizens"
  • Single Room Occupancy
  • Congregate Housing
  • Leased Shared Housing
  • Criteria for Investigation of Suspected Abuse and Fraud
  • Steps SHA Will Take to Prevent Abuse and Fraud
  • Steps SHA Will Take to Detect Abuse and Fraud
  • Handling of Allegations of Fraud and Program Abuse
  • Investigations of Allegations of Abuse and Fraud
  • Placement of Documents, Evidence and Statements Obtained by SHA
  • Conclusion of SHA's Investigative Review
  • Evaluation of the Findings
  • Action Procedures for Violations Which Have Been Documented
  • Overpayments to Owners
  • Acronyms Used in Subsidized Housing
  • Glossary of Terms in Subsidized Housing
  • Glossary of Terms Used in the Non-Citizens Rule
  • Utility Allowance Schedule
  • Section 8 “Violence Against Women Act” (VAWA) Definitions and Program Changes
  • Summary of SHA Deviations from QWHRA in Administration of the Housing Choice Voucher Program Authorized Under Move to Work
  • Historical References moved from active policy chapters