Mainstream Voucher Program

Periodically, Fort Worth Housing Solutions has mainstream vouchers available to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities. Mainstream vouchers are administered using the same rules as other housing choice vouchers. The limited wait list for this program is currently closed.

Eligible persons must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Transitioning out of institutional or other segregated settings*
  2. Currently experiencing homelessness*
  3. Previously experienced homelessness and currently a client in a supportive housing or rapid rehousing project*
  4. At risk of becoming homeless
  5. At serious risk of institutionalization

Please click here to view 2020 HUD Income Limits for program eligibility.

Explanation of Disability and Eligibility

Eligible household: A household that includes a non-elderly person with a disability. It may include additional household members who are not non-elderly persons with disabilities.

Non-elderly person with disabilities (for purposes of determining eligibility): A person 18 years of age or older and less than 62 years of age, and who:

Has a disability as defined in 42 U.S.C. 423; is determined, pursuant to HUD regulations, to have a physical, mental, or emotional impairment that: is expected to be of long-continued and indefinite duration; substantially impedes his/her ability to live independently; is of such a nature that the ability to live independently could be improved by more suitable housing conditions; or has a developmental disability.

AND YOU MUST BE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Transitioning out of Institutional or other segregated settings: Such settings include, but are not limited to: congregate settings populated exclusively or primarily with individuals with disabilities; congregate settings characterized by regimentation in daily activities, lack of privacy or autonomy, policies limiting visitors, or limits on individuals’ ability to engage freely in community activities and to manage their own activities of daily living; or settings that provide for daytime activities primarily with other individuals with disabilities.
  2. Currently Experiencing Homelessness: An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport, or camping ground; an individual or family living in a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements; an individual who is exiting an institution where he or she resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution; an individual who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence; an unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or families with children and youth who are homeless under other government regulations; and any individual or family who is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or a family member, including a child, that has either taken place within the individual’s or family’s primary nighttime residence or has made the individual or family afraid to return to their primary nighttime residence.
  3. Previously Experiencing Homelessness and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project: An individual or family in a permanent housing program in which voluntary supportive services are provided to assist homeless persons with a disability to live independently. Such programs include Directions Home, Shelter Plus Care, and other Continuum of Care programs.
  4. At risk of becoming homeless: An individual or family who does not have sufficient resources or support networks immediately available to prevent them from becoming homeless.
  5. At serious risk of institutionalization: Includes an individual with a disability who as a result of a public entity’s failure to provide community services or its cut to such services will likely cause a decline in health, safety, or welfare that would lead to the individual’s eventual placement in an institution. A person cannot be considered at serious risk of institutionalization unless the person has a disability. An individual may be designated as a t serious risk of institutionalization either by a health and human services agency, by a community-based organization, or by self-identification.

FY 2020 HUD INCOME LIMITS

EFFECTIVE 4/01/20

Number of Persons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Extremely Low
Income
$17,150 $19,600 $22,050 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
Very Low
Income
$28,550 $32,600 $36,700 $40,750 $44,050 $47,300 $50,550 $53,800
Low‐Income $45,650 $52,200 $58,700 $65,200 $70,450 $75,650 $80,850 $86,100

What counts as income?

An applicant’s income can include other sources of support, such as Social Security benefits, VA benefits, child support and unemployment compensation.

What does adjusted income mean?

An applicant’s income may be “adjusted” by subtracting deductions for children, elderly or disabled family members, reasonable childcare expenses and some unreimbursed medical expenses for elderly or disabled families.