Welcome to the Housing Choice Voucher Program website of the Economic Improvement Council, Inc. Our goal is to assist low income families in finding decent, safe, & healthy rental homes at a price they can afford. We service the ten county area of Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell & Washington counties.
To learn more about our program refer to the HCV FAMILY HANDBOOK-CLICK HERE TO VIEW HCV FAMILY HANDBOOK
The Centers for Disease Control (C.D.C) announced a national eviction moratorium for virtually all tenants in the U.S to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 . The order will be in effect from September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
The Economic Improvement Council, Inc. will accept applications for placement on the Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list for the counties of Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Tyrrell and Washington on December 8th, 2020.
Application Window to Apply is now CLOSED!
Due to COVID 19 restrictions, our offices are closed to the public. You must use the online application process. Elderly, Disabled, or Handicapped persons may submit a written request for an application by mail as a reasonable accommodation for a disability.
The written request must be postmarked by December 7th, 2020. Send written request by U.S. Mail to PO Box 549, Edenton N.C. or by e-mail to Teresa.Forward@eicca.org. The written request must include the following: Name, Date of Birth, Mailing Address and telephone number. Incomplete, late, or non-written request will be rejected.
If you have already applied, make certain to check your mail, and e-mail on a regular basis. The list moves slowly, we cover a 10 county area with limited resources. All applications were taken on a first come first serve basis by date and time. Local residents were given a local preference ahead of non-local residents.
UPDATES TO YOUR INCOME, ADDRESS, AND FAMILY MEMBERS CAN BE MADE HERE
The Economic Improvement Council Inc. has developed the 2021 Annual plan for the Housing Choice Voucher program. In development of the plan, a combination of funding, local resources, and housing affordability were used as an aid in determining and assessing the needs of the community and participants of the Housing Choice Voucher program. If you wish to make comments or have questions, they may be e-mailed to Teresa.Forward@eicca.org or Landon.Mason@eicca.org
The Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal governments major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disable to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the privates 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, mobile homes, and apartments. The participant is free to choose any house that meets the requirements of the program.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by us on behalf of the participating family. The amount of the subsidy is determines by the family income, number of household members, and allowable deduction in combination with the contract rent price and utility cost for the home they select. In general most families contribute approximately 30% of their income towards the cost of rent and utilities.
Additional programs for Housing Choice Voucher program participants may be available such as Family Self Sufficiency.
Am I eligible?
Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by us based on annual gross income and family size. It is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family's income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county in which the family choose to live. By law, we must provide 75 percent of our vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income OR extremely low income limits..
Interested persons may apply and be placed on a waiting list. As funding permits, applicants are pulled from the top of the list to verify eligibility. All applicants for each county are taken by order of date and time. There are no emergency funds or emergency priorities. Most families can expect a wait time of 6 to 18 months before reaching the top of the list.