FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs)

What is the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program?

• The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program is available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Through EHV, HUD is providing housing choice vouchers to local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in order to assist individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, or were recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability.
• For more information about EHVs, please visit www.hud.gov/ehv.

How many EHVs are available?

• The Baytown Housing Authority (BHA) has received/awarded 31 Emergency Housing Vouchers.

When is the waiting list going to open?

• The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program does not use a Waiting list to admit Individuals/families into its program. EHV participants are admitted based on a direct referral process from BHAs partnering agencies.

Who is eligible for the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program?

In order to be eligible for an EHV, an individual or family must meet one of four eligibility categories:
• Homeless
• At risk of homelessness
• Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking
• Recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability.

How long after being referred will I receive assistance?

• Direct Referrals from the partnering agencies are based upon a first come first served basis and are prioritized based upon eligible populations listed above.

Where do I apply for the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program?

• If an individual/family believes they may be eligible for EHV assistance they may contact the BHA’s partnering agencies.

What can I expect after being referred?

• Referrals received from the BHAs partnering agencies will be processed for eligibility by the partnering agencies on a first come first served basis. Families will be contacted by BHA to complete program required documentation and final program eligibility. Once program eligibility is confirmed participant must participate in a program briefing.

What is the income limit to quality for an Emergency Housing Voucher?

• BHA will screen EHV applicants at the “low-income” limit, which begins at $44,350 for a single person family. See table below for full list of low-income levels for different family sizes.

# of People 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Low
Income $44,350 $50,700 $57,050 $63,350 $68,450 $73,500 $78,600 $83,650

What about any criminal activity that would make me ineligible?

• Any household member that has been convicted of drug-related criminal activity for manufacture or production of methamphetamine on the premises of federally assisted housing will not be eligible.
• Any household member that is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program will not be eligible.
• Any household member that has more than three violent charges within the last twelve months will not be eligible.
• Any household members that have had violent or abusive behavior against any PHA staff in the last twelve months will not be eligible.

Do you have to be a citizen (legal) to be eligible?

• Yes, someone in your household must have legal residency. This will be confirmed when the Baytown Housing Authority (BHA) receives your referral.

What is the definition of homeless?

• The meaning of “homeless” is as such term is defined in section 103(a) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302(a)), which is codified in HUD’s Continuum of Care Program regulations at 24 CFR 578.3 and reads as follows:
Homeless means:
(1) An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
(2) An individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence, provided that:
(i) The primary nighttime residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance;
(ii) No subsequent residence has been identified; and
(iii) The individual or family lacks the resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, needed to obtain other permanent housing.
(3) Unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or families with children and youth, who do not otherwise qualify as homeless.

What is the definition of “At Risk Homelessness”?

• The meaning of “at-risk of homelessness” is as such term is defined in section 401(1) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11360(1)), which is codified in HUD’s Continuum of Care Program regulations at 24 CFR 578.3 and reads as follows:
• At risk of homelessness. (1) An individual or family who:
(i) Has an annual income below 30 percent of median family income for the area, as determined by HUD;
(ii) Does not have sufficient resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, immediately available to prevent them from moving to an emergency shelter or another place described in paragraph (1) of the “Homeless” definition above; and
(iii) Meets one of the following conditions:
(A) Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during the 60 days immediately preceding the application for homelessness prevention assistance;
(B) Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship;
(C) Has been notified in writing that their right to occupy their current housing or living situation will be terminated within 21 days of the date of application for assistance;
(D) Lives in a hotel or motel and the cost of the hotel or motel stay is not paid by charitable organizations or by federal, State, or local government programs for low-income individuals;
(E) Lives in a single-room occupancy or efficiency apartment unit in which there reside more than two persons, or lives in a larger housing unit in which there reside more than 1.5 people per room, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau;
(F) Is exiting a publicly funded institution, or system of care (such as a health-care facility, a mental health facility, foster care or other youth facility, or correction program or institution); or
(G) Otherwise lives in housing that has characteristics associated with instability and an increased risk of homelessness, as identified in the recipient’s approved consolidated plan.
(2) A child or youth who does not qualify as “homeless” under this section, but qualifies as “homeless” under section 387(3) of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (42 U.S.C. 5732a(3)), section 637(11) of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9832(11)), section 41403(6) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14043e-2(6)), section 330(h)(5)(A) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254b(h)(5)(A)), section 3(m) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2012(m)), or section 17(b)(15) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1786(b)(15)); or
(3) A child or youth who does not qualify as “homeless” under this section, but qualifies as “homeless” under section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2)), and the parent(s) or guardian(s) of that child or youth if living with her or him

What is the definition of Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking?

• This category is composed of any individual or family who is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking. This includes cases where a HUD-assisted tenant reasonably believes that there is a threat of imminent harm from further violence if they remain within the same dwelling unit, or in the case of sexual assault, the HUD-assisted tenant reasonably believes there is a threat of imminent harm from further violence if they remain within the same dwelling unit that they are currently occupying, or the sexual assault occurred on the premise during the 90-day period preceding the date of the request for transfer.

What is the definition of “Recently Homeless”?

• Recently homeless is defined as individuals and families who have previously been classified by a member agency of the CoC as homeless but are not currently homeless as a result of homeless assistance (financial assistance or services), temporary rental assistance or some type of other assistance, and where the CoC or its designee determines that the loss of such assistance would result in a return to homelessness or the family having a high risk of housing instability. Examples of households that may be defined as recently homeless by the CoC include, but are not limited to, participants in rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing

What agencies (BHAs Partners) do I need to contact for a referral?

• Marcelous-Williams Resource Center
811 North Main Street
Highlands, TX 77562
855-449-1472

• Baytown Police Department
3200 North Main Street
Baytown, TX 77521
281-425-1051

• Bay Area Homeless Services
3406 Wisconsin Street
Baytown, TX 77520
281-837-1654

• Love Network of Baytown
206 North Whiting Street
Baytown, TX 77520
281-422-5683

 

Mission

The Baytown Housing Authority’s Mission is to assist low-income families with their housing needs. BHA works as a team to encourage the success of our families through mutual respect, concern and accountability. Our residents know there is no place like home – a safe, affordable home.

 

Contact Us

1805 Cedar Bayou Road
Baytown Texas 77520
281.427.6686
281.422.4307(fax)
TDD/TTY (800) 545-1833 ext. 926

Hours
Monday - Thursday
7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday - Closed

 

Equal Housing Opportunity

The owners do not discriminate against persons with disabilities.