Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

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Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Questions & Answers

What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8) is a federally funded program established to assist very low-income families, elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Housing assistance is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of a participating family.

How do I apply for the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

At this time, the waiting lists for both the Project-Base and Tenant-Base vouchers are closed.

When will the waiting list re-open?

Currently, MHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program wai ting list is closed and MHA has not determined when it will re-open. Public notice will be given if and when the waiting list re-opens.

How do Property Owners list their properties with the HCV Program?

Property Owners who would like to lease to HCV part icipants should list their property at www.gosection8.com. Participants will contact you directly for information about the property.

How do I report fraud?

Should you become aware of any fraudulent activity by a MHA employee, HCV participant, or landlord please report it to the MHA fraud hotline at 334-206-7111. All reports are kept confidential.

Public Housing Questions & Answers

When and where may I apply for public housing?

Public Housing Applications can be completed online by visiting www.mhatoday.org.

If I am a current public housing resident, am I able to apply for the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

Yes. Current residents living in public housing are eligible to apply for the housing choice voucher program. However, the waiting list for both the project-based and tenant-based vouchers are currently closed. Public notice will be given if and when the waiting list re-opens.

What documents are needed to complete a full application?
  • Birth certificates for all members of the household
  • Social security cards for all members of the houshold
  • Photo identification for all members (18 years and older)
  • Marriage certificate or divorce decree, if applicable
  • Proof of income
How is rent determined and how much is the security deposit?

The amount of rent is based on the total household composition and income. A $100 security deposit is required when the lease is signed.

What reasons could my application be denied?
  • Drug convictions (manufacturing and/or producing methamphetamine)
  • Adverse rental history (evictions)
  • Lifetime sex offender registration

HCV Homeownership Program Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Is the Homeownership Program available to public housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) recipients?

No, the Homeownership Program is only available to HCV recipients. However, the Department of Resident Services is available to assist public housing residents who may be interested in becoming homeowners.

Must I be pre-approved for a mortgage loan prior to enrolling in the Homeownership Program?

No. Pre-approval for a mortgage loan is not required prior to enrollment in the Homeownership Program. Resident Services staff will provide linkages to banks, lenders, brokers, etc., who will provide you with information about mortgage loans and the application process for pre-approval.

Human Resources Questions & Answers

Application Phase

How often are employment opportunities posted?

Employment opportunities are posted on our website as they occur.

I found a position for which I would like to apply. Are you still accepting applications?

We are accepting applications for all positions currently posted on our website. Please note that
postings are open for a minimum of 10 business days and then may close at any time.

How long does the hiring process usually take?

Each department has different hiring needs, so the length of the hiring process will vary depending on the position.

What happens after I submit my application materials?

Application materials are screened for minimum requirements and then forwarded to the hiring supervisor for review, with the exception of the equal employment opportunity information. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by phone or email.

Do I have to fill out the "Education & Training" and "Employment History" sections of the online application, even if I've uploaded my resume which already contains this information?

Yes, please make sure to complete all sections that are relevant to the requirements of the position for which you are applying. Initial screening of applicants is completed using the online application and failure to provide all the relevant information on the application may result in disqualification.

What if I need a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position?

Please contact the Human Resources Office for assistance at (334) 206-7104.

Interview Phase

How do I schedule an interview?

Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted by the hiring department or Human Resources.

I would like to send a "Thank You" note after the interview process. Where can I find the names and mailing addresses of the people who inter viewed me?

Please forward all post-interview communications to the Human Resources Office with your name and the title of the position for which you interviewed. We will ensure proper delivery of your correspondence.

Selection Phase

The Employment web page states that the final candi date will be required to successfully complete a background investigation. Does this include a credit check?

The background investigation does not include a credit check, unless you are applying for a position that has access and/or control of MHA’s financials (e.g. Director of Finance, Procurement/Contract Administrator, Accountant, etc).

How do I know if I am a final candidate?

Final candidates will be contacted by Human Resources and notified of their status. She and/or he will be asked to complete authorization forms required to initiate background investigations of criminal and employment history.

An offer of employment will not be made until references have been contacted and favorable results have been received back from the background investigations.

I found out that I was not selected for the positio n to which I applied. May I contact Human Resources or the hiring supervisor for additi onal feedback?

We do not provide additional feedback regarding your application materials or interview performance.

Procurement Questions & Answers

How can I be added to the vendor list?

By going to our procurement web page and clicking on the link labeled “Vendor Registration Form”. You will need to complete the form and either email, mail or fax it to the address(s) listed on the form.

Once I submit my proposal, bid or quote, when will it expire?

180 days after it is submitted to the Montgomery Housing Authority.

How do I register for E-Verification?
What type of goods and services does the Montgomery Housing Authority procure?

While this list is not exhaustive, it does represent the typical types of goods and services the Montgomery Housing Authority (MHA) procures.

  • Development Program Management Support Services
  • Consulting Services (supplemental legal, environmental, etc.)
  • Administrative/Management Support Services
  • Professional/Technical Services (e.g. grant writing, accounting services)
  • Technical Assistance Services
  • Employee Training Programs
  • MHA Building Operations and Maintenance
  • Evaluation of the MHA’s Programs (e.g. auditing services)
  • Resident Training Programs
  • Property Cleaning/Debris Removal
  • Lawn Maintenance
  • Roofing
  • General Construction, Repairs and Maintenance
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Repairs
  • Heating/Air Conditioning
  • Painting
  • Floor Coverings
  • Concrete Repairs/Paving

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