Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
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FAQs

Housing Choice Voucher Program FAQ

Q: Why is EIV necessary?
A: To ensure better accuracy of housing benefits, HUD has been given authority to develop and operate a data match system that will report to local housing authorities income broken down by household member from the Ohio State Wage Information Collection Agencies (SWICA) and the Social Security Administration. This means CMHA will get reports on earned income, social security and supplemental security benefits coming to all members in your household.
Q: What must I do?
A: When the time comes for your appointment to report your income and family composition, you should report all earned income and benefits for all family members. You will be asked to sign an Authorization for Release of Information and Privacy Act Notice (HUD 9886). You are required to sign this form by federal law if you want to maintain your eligibility for federally assisted housing. By signing this form you are giving HUD and CMHA permission to verify your household's income in order to ensure your eligibility for assisted housing benefits. Your caseworker will access available information about earned income and/or benefits that has been collected by the state of Ohio and the Social Security Administration. You may be asked to provide additional information about your sources of income if there are discrepancies between the information that you have reported and the information obtained by HUD and CMHA.
Q: What may happen if there is conflicting information?
A: You will be given an opportunity to dispute or provide additional information to correct HUD's records in the event of data errors. Your housing advisor is required to set a deadline for your response. If CMHA determines that there has been a deliberate attempt to hide income, the family may be evicted from public housing or be terminated from the HCV Program and referred to law enforcement for prosecution. Prior to any final action the family may appeal CMHA's decision to a hearing officer.
Q: What must I do?
A: When the time comes for your appointment to report your income and family composition, you should report all earned income and benefits for all family members. You will be asked to sign an Authorization for Release of Information and Privacy Act Notice (HUD 9886). You are required to sign this form by federal law if you want to maintain your eligibility for federally assisted housing. By signing this form you are giving HUD and CMHA permission to verify your household's income in order to ensure your eligibility for assisted housing benefits. Your caseworker will access available information about earned income and/or benefits that has been collected by the state of Ohio and the Social Security Administration. You may be asked to provide additional information about your sources of income if there are discrepancies between the information that you have reported and the information obtained by HUD and CMHA.
Q: What may happen if there is conflicting information?
A: You will be given an opportunity to dispute or provide additional information to correct HUD's records in the event of data errors. Your housing advisor is required to set a deadline for your response. If CMHA determines that there has been a deliberate attempt to hide income, the family may be evicted from public housing or be terminated from the HCV Program and referred to law enforcement for prosecution. Prior to any final action the family may appeal CMHA's decision to a hearing officer.
 
Family Self-Sufficiency Program FAQs
Q: Is the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) for me?
A: You are quilified if: -You want to work and/or are able to work -You possess a Housing Choice Voucher or live in Public Housing -CMHA is paying a portion of your rent

Q: If I am already working, can I still join the FSS Program?
A: Yes
Q: What is the FSS Escrow Account?
A: CMHA establishes an interest-bearing escrow (savings) account for each FSS participant. As you work toward your goals, and your earned income increases, CMHA makes contributions to this account.
Q: Does the escrow start as soon as I sign the FSS Contract?
A: No, the escrow never starts when you sign the contract or when the contract becomes effective. The FSS Escrow does not begin to accrue until the family has an increase in earned income above what is stated in the FSS Contract at enrollment.
Q: How much escrow will I receive?
A: The amount of escrow depends on your family’s income as it varies throughout the term of your Family Self-Sufficiency Contract. Some families do not earn escrow at all, but are still successful at completing their self-sufficiency goals.
Q: What are the benefits of FSS besides the escrow account?
A: The FSS Team provides on-going support, assistance and referrals to area resources to assist participants with completing their self-sufficiency goals throughout their duration in the program.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Ask the Front Desk Receptionist for a Resident Opportunities folder. Inside, you’ll find the yellow FSS Application – OR – Download an FSS application – OR – Contact an FSS Coordinator and request to have an application mailed directly to you.
Q: I have submitted my FSS Application. What happens next?
A:

Contact Us!
Margie Rihn
Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator
614-421-6068
mrihn@cmhanet.com
Amanda Zamora
Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator
614-421-6250
azamora@cmhanet.com

 
Homeownership Program FAQs:

Q: Who is eligible to participate?
A: Families who currently have a Housing Choice Voucher with CMHA and are able to demonstrate they are mortgage-ready.
Q: How do I know if I am mortgage-ready?
A: When your family can verify they meet the initial requirements of CMHA’s HCV Homeownership Program.
Q: What are CMHA’s initial requirements?
A: The requirements are as follows: • Register and attend a Homeownership Informational Session (Download Registration Form) • Stable Employment Income* • Minimum credit score of 640 • Savings of at least $3,500* • HUD-certified Homebuyer Education Certificate • Currently month-to-month status or within the last two months of your rental contract • Qualify as first-time homebuyer *Exemptions for persons with disabilities:
Persons who have been determined to be disabled by the Social Security Administration are exempt from the employment requirements. However, they must meet the annual income calculation of 12X the current federal SSI monthly benefit amount ($735) and have a savings of at least $2,000.
Q: I can verify that I meet CMHA’s initial requirements. What is the next step?
A: Contact the Homeownership Program (HOP) Coordinator to schedule an appointment to verify supporting documents and complete an eligibility screening prior to initiating an official home search.
Q: I have been approved by CMHA to begin my home search. What happens next?
A:
Please refrain from signing any documents with a Lender or Realtor until you have completed an eligibility screening with the CMHA HOP Coordinator and have been approved to initiate an official home search under the HCV Homeownership Program.

Contact Us!
Andréa Rankin
Self-Sufficiency Manager/HOP Coordinator
614-421-6075
arankin@cmhanet.com

 
Business Opportunities/Section 3 FAQs:

Doing business with CMHA follows two paths: Purchasing, generally responsible for the procurement of supplies and services for the Agency; and Design & Construction, generally responsible for the acquisition of Architectural/Engineering services and the bidding and administration of larger renovation and new construction projects.

You can register as a vendor here.

Q: How can I do business with CMHA?
A: CMHA purchases goods and services through professional services, construction, and capital equipment. All interested vendors should contact CMHA at:

Purchasing Department
880 E. 11th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43221
aquinichett@cmhanet.com
Phone: 614-421-4434
Design & Construction
880 E. 11th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43211
mwagner@cmhanet.com
Phone: 614-421-6102

Q: How do I find out about upcoming bids?
A: You can go to the Open Contract Opportunities page for Purchasing or Design & Construction:
Q: How do I find out who was awarded a bid or quote?
A: Each bid will state a contact person. It is CMHA’s policy to submit award notification for each bid. If you do not receive an award notification, it is appropriate to use the contact information stated in the bid.
Q: Can a bid be faxed or mailed?
A: All procurements shall detail the mode, location, and deadline for all responses for each procurement listed in the document.
Q: How does CMHA process payment to vendors?
A: Invoices can be submitted to accountspayable@cmhanet.com. Payments are made according to the agreed upon net payment terms. All payments are issued by check and mailed the next day via U.S. Postal Service.
Q: Does a vendor have to pay for bid specifications?
A: Design & Construction may require a deposit refundable upon receipt of documents. The amount shall be stated with the documentation.
 
Employment FAQs

Q: Does CMHA have any job openings?
A: All open positions are posted on our website, on job line (614-421-6370), and in our lobby.
Q: Do I have to submit a separate application for each job posting?
A: Yes.
Q: What is the closing date to apply for posted positions?
A: Closing dates are listed on the job posting.
Q: How long do you keep applications on file?
A: 6 months.
Q: How can I find out the status of my application?
A: By contacting the Human Resources office at 614-421-6402.
Q: Do you have any part-time positions?
A: Yes, we offer a few part-time positions.
Q: Are internships available?
A: Yes, internships are available for students seeking internship college credits or students involved in summer programs that sponsor internships.
Q: What are your hours?
A: Our core office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Q: Can I e-mail my application or resume?
A: Yes.
Q: Can I get a copy of my W-2?
A: Yes, this can be requested from payroll (614-421-6236).
Q: When is open enrollment for health insurance?
A: Once a year, normally in December.
Q: How long do I have to wait to apply for another internal position?
A: New employees shall not be permitted to bid for a posted position until after expiration of their probationary period. Employees who qualify for and accept a bid job shall not be permitted to bid again for a period of 12 months from the date that the employee started the bid job.