Clinton Metropolitan Housing Authority (CHMA) is a non profit (pseudo-governmental) entity established primarily for the purpose of developing and / or operating affordable housing according to rules established by the state and HUD. CMHA as a public housing authority is established under state law and is eligible to develop and operate public housing.
CMHA public housing provides affordable shelter for low income families either citizens or eligible immigrants. CMHAâââââââ€š¬Å¡¬Å¡¬ââââââ€š¬Å¡¬Å¾¢ public housing serves mostly very low-income tenants who pay no more than 30 percent of their adjusted income for rent.
Clinton Metropolitan Housing Authority: reports however that as a public entity CMHA currently does not own or maintain any public housing units .This Metropolitan Housing Authority reports it sold its properties to the Clinton County Community Action Agency several years ago.
CMHA however does administer the tenant-based Section 8 program currently known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program. This section 8 voucher helps individuals and families by paying the landlord the difference between what the individual/family can afford and the actual rent for the unit. In this program payment is made to the qualified person and is not tied to a facility. This form of assistance is portable and stays with the qualified person in the form of a Section 8 certificate or voucher.
The CMHA Housing Choice Voucher Program
Clinton Metropolitan Housing Authority administers the Housing Choice Voucher program in Clinton County. Clinton County receives an allocation of 293 Housing Choice Vouchers.
This is a tenant-based Section 8 program. In this program the qualified household has the responsibility of finding their own housing to rent .Which may include single family homes, townhouses, apartments, duplexes and mobile homes. The program participant can choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. Such housing is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the public housing authority on behalf of the participating individual or family. The individual or family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. This form of assistance is portable and stays with the qualified person in the form of a Section 8 certificate or voucher allowing the qualified person to move without loss of housing assistance.
The CMHA Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program
The Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA) provides rent and security deposit assistance. Recipients are enrolled in TBRA and then go on to be enrolled in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The TBRA assisted approximately 20 to 25 individuals/families. The program is county funded and comes through the county commissioners office.