Brunswick County Public Housing to Modify Policies to Assist Hurricane Florence Recovery

02.25.2019

The Brunswick County Public Housing Agency has received approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners to temporarily modify its public housing tenant selection policies and its Section 8 Administration Plan to address circumstances unique to Hurricane Florence relief and recovery efforts.

This waiver allows the Brunswick County Public Housing Agency to temporarily open its waiting list to individuals who were displaced due to Hurricane Florence. The waiver will be in place until Aug. 6, 2019, to help meet the immediate needs of those recovering from Hurricane Florence.

In order for individuals to be placed on the Hurricane Florence Waiting List, they must complete a preliminary application and provide proof of Brunswick County residency, and proof that they were displaced due to the storm. Acceptable proof of displacement includes a letter from FEMA stating that the household could not return to the home or a letter from the insurance company stating that the household was unable to return to the home.

A preliminary application may be completed and submitted at the Public Housing office, located in Building B of the Brunswick County government complex (60 Government Center Drive, Bolivia, NC) between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Prospective applicants may also call 910-253-2222 to have request that a preliminary application be mailed.

Proof of income is not required at the time of application though once selected, individuals will need to provide proof of income, birth certificates and social security cards for all members of the household, criminal background checks and identification.

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 and apartments.

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. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Public Housing Agency 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. Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies, which receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to administer the program.