The Katrina Disaster Housing Assistance Payment Program (KDHAP), which was funded by FEMA and operated by HUD, expired on January 31, 2006. KDHAP was replaced by the Disaster Voucher Program (DVP). DVP is available for persons who were displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and were previously assisted by HUD.
There are no income eligibility or tenant contribution requirements for DVP’s temporary rental vouchers. A family’s KDHAP assistance will be converted to DVP by amending the existing KDHAP rent subsidy contract and lease, which must be completed by March 1, 2006. The rent currently charged by an owner will not be affected, nor will the term of the lease unless the initial KDHAP lease was less than 12 months and needs to be extended. Unlike KDHAP , however, DVP does NOT provide for the payment of security deposits.
HUD has established Referral Call Centers (RCCs) with a toll-free number (1-866-373-9509) to help families scattered around the nation. For families that lived in public housing or project-based Section 8 before the disasters, an RCC counselor can tell them whether their project is ready for occupancy. If their project is not ready, they will be assisted under DVP. If a family does not want to return to their project-based unit, they can receive DVP assistance until September 30, 2007, at which time they must re-apply for permanent assistance.
RCCs can also help voucher families determine whether there are available units of suitable size administered by their home Public Housing Authority (PHA) or another PHA if the family prefers to move elsewhere. Families can also directly contact a PHA regarding DVP assistance. PHAs are responsible for providing intensive housing search assistance for families.
Both RCCs and PHAs will rely on the Disaster Information System (formerly the KDHAP information system) to verify whether families lived in HUD-assisted housing or were homeless prior to the disasters, and to provide HUD with subsidy information once a family is leasing a unit with DVP assistance.
A family returning to its former voucher unit or a replacement voucher unit in a Louisiana or Mississippi pre-disaster PHA can be assisted with DVP. Unlike regular vouchers, there is no family contribution to monthly gross rent. DVP monthly housing assistance payments are the lesser of monthly gross rent or the voucher payment standard. Monthly gross rent is the rent to the owner plus any utility allowance for tenant-provided utilities. A family may rent a unit with a gross rent greater than the payment standard, but the family must pay the difference even if it exceeds 40% of income. If the rent to the owner is less than the payment standard and the lease requires the family to pay utilities, the PHA will reimburse the family an amount equal to the difference between the housing assistance payment and the rent. After September 30, 2007, a familyâ€™s assistance will be recalculated according to regular voucher rules on the first day of the 19th month.