Union Parish Section 8 Housing
Union Parish, Louisiana
Our Mission: To nurture families to fulfill a future of self-reliance by promoting individual competence in their pursuit of accessing affordable, stable, and fair housing communities.
What We Do
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. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, apartments and manufactured homes.
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by Union Parish Section 8 Housing (UPS8H). USP8H receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the program.
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. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by UPS8H 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.
UPS8H currently has an allocation of 114 vouchers.
Please see the Participants "What to Know" pdf for more information.
We welcome landlords to participate in the voucher program. Please see the Landlords "What to Know" pdf for more information.
Where We Provide Housing
Housing is available throughout Union Parish, outside Farmerville, LA, the parish seat. Other towns and villages in Union Parish are Bernice, Downsville, Junction City, Lillie, Marion and Spearsville.
Services and Area Information
The public-school system is Union Parish School District: www.UnionPSD.org
Clerk of Court provides the community online resource to help visitors and residents: www.UPClerk.com
Union Parish is home to two nationally protected areas: D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge and Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge.
At the Union Parish Section 8 Housing Agency, we prioritize the health and safety of our communities and want to ensure the well-being of our clientele and staff. As the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, continues to impact Louisiana, UPS8H is taking extra precautionary measures to limit in-person interactions as recommended by Governor Edwards and the CDC and asking our clients and partners to call, email or submit inquiries online rather than visit our offices.
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, and until further notice, UPS8H will implement the following precautions to protect its clients:
- Closure of Section 8 lobby; clients should email or call
- Recertification deadlines will be extended
- Suspension of HQS inspections
- Suspension of Terminations
- Suspension of Voucher Issuance for current and new clients
- Suspension of Moves and Portability
- Landlord payments will continue to be processed, but delays may occur
- Existing repayment agreements will be extended
Governor John Bel Edwards: www.gov.la.gov
Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and flexibility during these uncertain times. UPS8H hopes the changes outlined above will protect our staff and clients and help minimize the virus impact on the Union Parish community.
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