Annual Report: Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families in affording decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit. Acceptable housing units include homes, duplexes, town homes, mobile homes, and apartments. AACOG administers the Housing Choice Voucher program in Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson counties.

Assistance is limited at this time; however, the program manages an average of 78 households and 31 transfers each month. Transfers into the AACOG region more than doubled in 2013. The Housing Choice Voucher allows program participants to transfer their housing assistance, and staff works closely with them to ensure a smooth transition.

Texas Housing Association Training AACOG hosted seven housing trainings in 2013, allowing housing authorities throughout Texas to receive necessary training and updates on housing programs. Hosting the trainings also provided free training opportunities for AACOG staff.

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program streamlined a few processes in 2013, the program went paperless and a Kerrville staff member was trained to conduct inspections in the Kerrville area. Going paperless allows staff to better track program requirements and manage the HCV caseload. In addition, having an inspector in the Kerrville area helps the Housing Choice Voucher program save on limited resources.