Can you find out how the Lawrence Section 8 housing program works -- how many people in Lawrence are on it, how long are they allowed to stay on it, what their income can be, if they have to work, and why some have totally free rent, and some have to pay.
As of Sept. 1, 405 Lawrence and Douglas County households were receiving rent assistance through the Section 8 program administered by the Lawrence Housing Authority, said Charlotte Knoche, the LHA's Section 8 program director.
To qualify for assistance, a household's income must fall within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's low-income guidelines. For example, a family of four with a gross annual income of less than $20,750 would be eligible.
The lower the income, the more rental assistance the household receives, Knoche said. ``What the tenant pays in rent changes as their income changes.''
Once a household qualifies, it remains eligible for assistance as long as certain requirements are met. Those include having an income within the program guidelines, which require that 30 percent of the household's adjusted monthly income be less than the amount of rent being charged plus a monthly utility allowance.
``There is no requirement that they have income from employment,'' Knoche said.