The MDOC Housing Division's mission is to create affordable housing opportunities for Montanans whose needs are not met by the market. We value people, families, communities, fairness, teamwork, mutual respect, and integrity. We are committed and passionate about collaborating with our partners to make sure Montana's families and communities have attainable, affordable, accessible and sustainable homes.
The Montana Department of Commerce Housing Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federal assistance program to help low-income people afford safe, sanitary and decent housing.
Owners play a central role in the HCV program by supplying decent, safe, and sanitary housing for participating families. The term “owner” refers to any person or entity with the legal right to lease or sublease a unit to a participant in the HCV program [24 CFR 982.4(b)]. The term “owner” includes a principal or other interested party [24 CFR 982.453; 24 CFR 982.306(f)], such as a designated agent of the owner. Owners have numerous responsibilities under the program, including screening and leasing to
families, maintaining the dwelling unit, enforcing the lease, and complying with various contractual obligations.
The landlord plays a key role in meeting the objectives of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. This information explains the landlord's role and those of other players necessary to make the MDOC Housing Choice Voucher Program successful. People who receive Section 8 vouchers go find their own rental housing and use the vouchers they receive from their housing agency to help pay the rent. Basically, the voucher means that the Federal Government will pay a specific amount of the rent.
If you wish to rent to Section 8 Voucher holders, you should inform the local Housing Authority of the availability of your property and also indicate in your advertising that you welcome Section 8 Voucher holders. Ultimately, it is the voucher holder's decision whether or not to rent your property. Of course, as the landlord, you would screen the Section 8 voucher holder just as you would any other prospective tenant.