Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, established by Section 8, U.S. Housing Act of 1937 as amended in 1974 and financed by U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG), located at 1117 Gallagher Drive, Sherman, Texas 75090, has been authorized by HUD to administer this program in Grayson & Fannin County. The program is designed to assist lower-income families secure decent, safe, sanitary housing by offering rent subsidy to families who apply and are determined eligible. Applicants will be given equal consideration regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, national origin, family status or disability.
Contact housing office 903-893-2161 Ext. 3536. If the waiting list is open, complete and submit an application, providing information pertaining to family composition and income. This information will be kept strictly confidential.
HUD regulations established two criteria, which must be met for an applicant to be eligible for assistance under the program:
Applicant’s household must contain one of the following:
Household income must be no more than 80% of the median income for a family of four for the area (adjusted for smaller & larger families). Income levels vary for each county.
If determined eligible, your name will be placed on a waiting list according to application date, time, and Special Purpose Programs and/or Preference. When your name reaches the top of the waiting list you will be notified by mail or phone for an appointment. You will then be issued a Voucher (if you are still eligible). When you receive your voucher you may seek appropriate housing anywhere within the county to which you applied. The unit you seek must be appropriate size for your family and gross rent of the unit must be within limits set by HUD, based on family size and income. This information will be given to you when your voucher is issued. The unit must pass a Housing Quality Standards Inspection prior to start date of HUD’s contract with Landlord.
Your portion of the rent will be identified and you will be expected to pay only your portion of this amount. The portion of your rent paid by TCOG will be paid of the first day of each month. You will be expected to do the same. You are required to maintain good housekeeping practices and care for the unit you have rented. Only the people listed on your application are authorized to occupy the unit; anyone else will be considered a breach of contract. Any change in family composition (such as a birth or death) or any income change must be reported to TCOG within seven to ten working days. It is also required that you notify TCOG and your landlord in writing, thirty (30) days before you vacate your unit.
Monday thru Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM. Office closed on Fridays for In-Service
TEXOMA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
1117 Gallagher Drive, Suite 210
Sherman, TX 75090
Fannin County by appointment only
806 W. 16th Street
Bonham, TX 75418
Phone: (903) 893-2161 ext. 3536
Toll-Free: (800) 677-8264
TDD: (800) 735-2989
The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) requires Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) to obtain from all family members who are applying for financial assistance on or after June 19, 1995 to provide as part of the eligibility process:
No documentation is required of those persons claiming U.S. citizenship.
Evidence of eligible non-citizen immigration status must be presented in the original form (see required documentation listed below). A copy will be made for your file and the original will be returned to you. The required evidence must be presented for every person in the family who will be living in the assisted unit and who claims they have eligible non-citizen immigration status. The evidence submitted will be verified with the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) through their Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) System.
Additional Requirements: If you or any family member claims to be a non-citizen with eligible immigration status, the family member claiming that status must sign a release of evidence for authorizing TCOG to obtain verification of eligible non-citizen status through the Department of Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) and their Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) System. For adults (over age 18), the adults must sign the release; for children, the form must be signed by the adult member who is responsible for the child and who will reside in the assisted unit.
The Federal Regulations allow that assistance be prorated, denied or terminated, ad appropriate, after all appeals with the U.S. Department of Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) and TCOG are completed. If the family chooses not to appeal any decision, TCOG will notify the family in an appropriate notice as to their rights at the time the family chooses not to appeal.
Please complete the following fields to identify the person(s) who will be residing in the unit. Legal Names must be provided. All fields are required.