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GHURA adopts new rates and standards for programs

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - The end of 2013 not only brings a new year for the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority but new changes to the Section 8 program.

The New Year brings new changes and new vouchers to GHURA clients. New vouchers will be available for individuals seeking assistance from GHURA, but there's a catch: the agency will only be issuing out special purpose vouchers under the Section 8 program for the Mainstream and the Family Unification Program.

GHURA director Michael Duenas said, "People cannot apply to GHURA directly for those vouchers they have to be referred to GHURA for the family unification program they would have to referred from CPS program for the Mainstream Program they would have to be adults with disabilities who would be referred to us by our partners either Mental Health, DISID or DD Council."

For the Family Unification Program Duenas says in some instances when Child Protective Services is attempting to reunite families with their children the housing is inadequate so they are referred to GHURA.  "The vouchers will allow those families to move in to a more suitable living arrangement a housing that would be acceptable or suitable for children," he explained.

According to Duenas 28 vouchers will be issued for the Mainstream Program while 12 will be issued for the FUP. Once the vouchers are issued the families have 60 days to find a unit and have it inspected and cleared through GHURA's Section 8 program. He adds that because special vouchers are being issued the re-issuance of vouchers for families in the regular Section 8 program will be delayed until the summer.

Meanwhile for families who are participating in GHURA's Section 8 program Duenas says new payment standards have been adopted with new income limits and new utility allowances which are now in effect but will be applied as families are seen for re-certification.

For more information please contact GHURA at 477-9851. 

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