Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have a question after reading these and going through the website, please call our office at (406)442-7970 OR Submit Your Question to our housing experts!
- What is Public Housing, Local Housing Choice Voucher, and State Housing Choice Voucher?
- What is the difference between Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and State Housing Choice Voucher?
- What is the income limit?
- Does HHA provide emergency housing assistance?
- Where do I go for emergency housing assistance?
- Can I have a pet?
- Who can get information from the HHA on my behalf?
- What is confidential?
- What is the RMC/RC, and what is their function?
- What services does HHA provide?
- What will my rent amount be?
- Why do I have to have a background check and what type of background check do I have to have?
- What is the deposit amount?
- Do I have to have children to apply for housing assistance?
- What do I have to report and when?
- What is a preference?
- What programs are available at the HHA?
- What happens if I don’t report income or changes in family composition with in the allotted time?
- What type of income do I need to report?
- What is homeownership?
- What do I do with an eviction notice?
- What is the difference between administration and absorbing a Housing Choice Voucher?
- If I live in public housing, can I apply for a Housing Choice Voucher?
- What programs should I apply for?
- Does HHA have a kids summer program?
- Do I have to have power in my name?
- What utilities do I have to pay?
- Can I move on these programs?
-Public Housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to apartments for elderly families.
-Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) are formally known as Section 8. 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.
Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by the Helena Housing Authority. The HHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.
-Public Housing are apartments owned and maintained by the Helena Housing Authority(HHA). A resident pays a subsidized rent directly to the HHA.
-Housing Choice Vouchers are administered by the HHA, where you find housing from a private landlord. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the HHA 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. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the HHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home. Homeownership.
-A Housing Choice Voucher 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. HCV 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.
- No, unfortunately HHA does not provide emergency housing assistance.
God's Love Shelter can assist a person with emergency housing help:
533 North Main
Helena, MT 59601
fax: (406) 442-1738
24 hours 7 days per week emergency shelter for homeless individuals; serves three meals per day; offers counseling, showers and laundry facilities.
- Any person or company that represents you can ask questions on your behalf if they have a release of information signed by you authorizing such information to be released to them regarding you.
- A program that allows Voucher holders to purchase a home using their Housing Choice Voucher. Contact Leslie Torgerson if you are interested.
- Administer is when a housing Authority manages your voucher for Helena Housing Authority while you live in their state/county.
- Absorb means when you move to another county/state, that housing authority gives you a voucher from that state/county.