MOCA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program administers housing assistance programs for Camden, Laclede, Miller, and Pulaski Counties.
• The Housing Choice Voucher 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. Participants are able to find their own housing, including single family homes, townhouses, and apartments.
• The Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs) who receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
• A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.
• Eligible families may be assisted with a portion of, or all of their rent depending on income levels.
• A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
• Eligibility for a Housing Voucher is determined by the PHA based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.
• If you are interested in applying, please call 573-765-4509 to request an application.
• In addition to the Housing Choice Voucher Program, MOCA administers the Shelter Plus Care and Rental Assistance Program funded by Department of Mental Health. Please call 573-765-4509 if you are homeless and disabled and we will give you the contact information to apply for this program through Department of Mental Health.
• The Housing Choice Voucher Program has a very long waiting list, so if you are interested in the program we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.