Housing Choice Vouchers are designed to assist very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled afford decent, safe and sanitary housing. The City of Kenosha Housing Authority (KHA) pays the landlord the difference between the tenant's ability to pay and the contract rent. The KHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Features of the program include:

  • Participants are free to choose any housing (including their present residence) that meets the requirements of the program.
  • Housing units must pass a KHA inspection.
  • Eligibility for the program is based on the family's total annual gross income and family size.
  • A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the participant.
  • The participating family pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount of the subsidy. Participants pay at least 30% of their monthly adjusted gross income for housing. A participant's share of the rent must not exceed 40% of the their monthly adjusted gross income.
  • Long waiting periods are common. The demand for housing assistance often exceeds the limited resources available to local housing authorities.
  • In certain instances, if authorized by the Housing Authority, a family may use its vouchers to purchase a modest home.