Thank you for your inquiry regarding the delayed Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) Housing Assistance Payment (HAP).
We appreciate your patience and understanding that HAMC is a federally funded program and payments can sometimes be delayed as we wait for HUD to provide the funds we need.
Per the HAP Contract and HAMC’s Administrative Policy, the HAMC is not responsible for late fees when it is beyond the PHA’s control.
Please review section of the HAP Contract, 7. PHA Payment to Owner:
- PHA Payment to Owner a. When paid (1) During the term of the HAP contract, the PHA must make monthly housing assistance payments to the owner on behalf of the family at the beginning of each month. (2) The PHA must pay housing assistance payments promptly when due to the owner. (3) If housing assistance payments are not paid promptly when due after the first two calendar months of the HAP contract term, the PHA shall pay the owner penalties if all of the following circumstances apply: (i) Such penalties are in accordance with generally accepted practices and law, as applicable in the local housing market, governing penalties for late payment of rent by a tenant; (ii) It is the owner’s practice to charge such penalties for assisted and unassisted tenants; and (iii) The owner also charges such penalties against the tenant for late payment of family rent to owner. However, the PHA shall not be obligated to pay any late payment penalty if HUD determines that late payment by the PHA is due to factors beyond the PHA’s control. Moreover, the PHA shall not be obligated to pay any late payment penalty if housing assistance payments by the PHA are delayed or denied as a remedy for owner breach of the HAP contract (including any of the following PHA remedies: recovery of overpayments, suspension of housing assistance payments, abatement or reduction of housing assistance payments, termination of housing assistance payments and termination of the contract).
Additionally, please remember that the tenant is not responsible for the HAP payment as indicated in HAP Contract: Tenancy Addendum. 5. Family Payment to Owner a. & d.
- Family Payment to Owner a. The family is responsible for paying the owner any portion of the rent to owner that is not covered by the PHA housing assistance payment. b. Each month, the PHA will make a housing assistance payment to the owner on behalf of the family in accordance with the HAP contract. The amount of the monthly housing assistance payment will be determined by the PHA in accordance with HUD requirements for a tenancy under the Section 8 voucher program. c. The monthly housing assistance payment shall be credited against the monthly rent to owner for the contract unit. d. The tenant is not responsible for paying the portion of rent to owner covered by the PHA housing assistance payment under the HAP contract between the owner and the PHA. A PHA failure to pay the housing assistance payment to the owner is not a violation of the lease. The owner may not terminate the tenancy for nonpayment of the PHA housing assistance payment. e. The owner may not charge or accept, from the family or from any other source, any payment for rent of the unit in addition to the rent to owner. Rent to owner includes all housing services, maintenance, utilities and appliances to be provided and paid by the owner in accordance with the lease. f. The owner must immediately return any excess rent payment to the tenant.
You may also review the HAMC Administrative Policy Chapter 9.1
Late payment of HAP to the owner is subject to the late fees specified in the owner’s lease. HAMC is not responsible for payment of late fees caused by:
• The participant’s late payment of rent
• Late HUD fund transfer
• HAP payments on hold (HQS, etc.)
• Any other HUD allowed reason and circumstances beyond HAMC control.
Your partnership is important to HAMC and our community. We will provide you with updates as we received them.
The HAMC Rental Assistance Team
Applications will be accepted for 1, 2 & 3-bedroom units
Monday, September 19, 2022 – Friday, October 7, 2022 online only at:
Applications will only be accepted online thru the dates listed or upon the receipt of 250 applications. A valid email address is required to complete the online waiting list application. An email address can be obtained at no charge from the following vendors: gmail, yahoo, or hotmail.
Rental rates based on household income, family composition and other program factors.
For accommodations for persons with disabilities in braille, large print, additional time, or translation for persons speaking another language, please contact Barbara Grambs at 602-744-4533 OR email Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org; call the front desk at 602-744-4500; OR TDD 602-744-4540 between 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. M-F.
Please be aware applications will be available translated in sixty-five (65) languages. Persons with hearing or speech disabilities using TTY technology may call relay services at
800-855-2880 for assistance.
Effective September 1, 2022, the Rental Assistance Department will perform one (1) disbursement of housing assistance payments (HAP) per month. You may review the attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional information.
This HAP Disbursement Schedule will be in effect until further notice and includes all rental assistance funding including Housing Choice Voucher, Mainstream and Emergency Housing Voucher Programs.
You may experience longer wait times for processed changes to Tenant Rent and HAP changes, rent increase requests and changes of ownership. It is important that landlords and participants continue to provide required documentation that is requested by the Department.
Click HERE to download a PDF version of this notice.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
|Why am I getting this letter?||All Property Owners are being notified of the internal and budgetary control changes for Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Disbursements|
|When will I get paid?||Payment is usually disbursed within the first five (5) business days of the month. There is no change in this practice.|
|How does this notification effect Landlords/Property Owners?||Landlords/Property Owners who are anticipating the following actions may see delays in changes in their Housing Assistance Payment (HAP):
· Tenant is scheduled for an annual re-examination with the department
· Ownership of the Property is being changed
· Changes to the monthly rental amount have been requested
· Landlord/Property Owner cure of Housing Quality Standards (HQS) abatement
|What can I do to expediate changes or delays in processing?||Ensure that all required forms and documents are submitted timely for all anticipated actions or changes.|
|Why are changes being made to the HAP disbursement schedule?||The funding source for the Rental Assistance Department requires additional program measures to control and monitor HAP budgets and disbursements.|
|Will Landlords/Property Owners continue to receive notification of HAP Disbursements?||Courtesy notification of HAP disbursements will be modified. As all bank institution’s processing times are different the Department will advise Property Owners/Landlords when they should begin to look into their account for HAP disbursements.|
All HAMC Offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022 in observation of Labor Day
HAMC is billing for PORT-IN vouchers effective 01/01/2023.
Post revised (1) 09/09/2022, (2) 10/11/2022.
PUBLIC NOTICE (PDF)
Announcement of Waitlist Opening for the Housing Authority of Maricopa County
Rose Terrace and Maricopa Revitalization Partnership (MRP) Project Base Voucher Waitlist – Wednesday, August 10, 2022 @ 8:00 a.m. (PST) Through Tuesday, August 30th, 2022 @ 8:00 a.m. (PST). Depending on the volume of applications received the closing date may be extended*.
Applications will be accepted online starting at 8:00 AM (PST) Wednesday, August 10, 2022, through 8:00 AM (PST) Tuesday, August 30th, 2022. *If by the posted close date/time, an insufficient number of applications for any and/or all of the bedroom sizes at the two properties has been received, the waitlist opening for Rose Terrace and/or MRP may be extended until a sufficient number of waitlist applicants is obtained.
The applicants may apply on HAMC’s Applicant portal at https://portal.maricopahousing.org
Registration is required, and applicants must login to apply. The link to our video library is https://maricopahousing.org/videos and Waitlist Frequently Asked Questions can be accessed at https://maricopahousing.org/faq
The PHA portal waitlist application is only available when 1 or more waitlists are open. Paper applications will not be accepted; however, if you require special assistance with the application process, you may contact the waitlist helpline Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM at 602-744-4555. If you require phone-based assistance outside of the helpline hours, you must contact us at least 48 hours in advance to make a call-in appointment. The waitlist helpline will not be active before or after the dates posted above.
The applicant portal allows those added to a waitlist to (1) check waiting list status, (2) reply to future ‘Save My Spot’ inquires, and (3) when pulled from the waitlist complete the formal application (‘Certification for Intake’) process online. For more information about HAMC’s housing programs visit HAMC’s website at https://maricopahousing.org/