What is The Housing Link?
The Housing Link is a collaborative partnership between The County of Bucks, our non-profit partners, and community members that provides a single, coordinated, inclusive housing crisis assistance system that works toward preventing and ending homelessness within Bucks County. This coordination extends across programs, services, and procedures followed by Housing Link member organizations.
Is the Housing Link the same thing as the Housing Authority?
- No, the Bucks County Housing Link and the Bucks County Housing Authority are two independent organizations. The Bucks County Housing Authority (BCHA) provides affordable public housing for eligible households as well with developments throughout Bucks County. BCHA also manages the Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) Program. The Housing Link is the housing response system for Bucks County residents who are experiencing homelessness or another housing crisis.
What is Rapid Rehousing?
Rapid Re-housing is an evidence-based Housing Link program that involves housing case management and short-term rental assistance that successfully assists families in obtaining housing and becoming self-sufficient. It is not a voucher program, although some program participants do have Section 8 or other types of vouchers.
What is the difference between Rapid Re-housing and Section 8?
Rapid Re-housing is an evidence-based Housing Link program that involves housing case management and short-term rental assistance that successfully assists families in obtaining housing and becoming self-sufficient. It is not a voucher program, although some program participants do have Section 8 or other types of vouchers. The Section 8 program is a Bucks County Housing Authority Program that provides a long-term rental subsidy for tenants with a Section 8 voucher. It typically does not include housing case management.
Do tenants in this program have vouchers?
Most Housing Link program participants do not have vouchers. It is possible to participate in the Housing Link programs without accepting Section 8 vouchers.
Does the rental unit have to be in Bucks County to eligible?
Yes, the rental unit must be located within Bucks County.
What happens if I have problems with a tenant in the program?
There are multiple means of support for landlords working with the Housing Link. This includes the household’s case manager as well as the Housing Locator that the landlord works with for leasing the unit and for the Bonus for Bucks Program. Housing Link is committed to supporting landlords in having positive experiences with the program.
Can I talk to a landlord currently working with the Housing Link?
Get in touch with the Housing Link housing locators, and they can assist in making the connection with current landlords.
How much paperwork will there be?
Paper work is short and simple, and you will have assistance from the Housing Locators to get the documents completed.
What is the inspection process?
The inspection process consists of a brief walk through of the home to check for habitability standards – working electric, clean running water, lead paint, free from insect/animal infestation, etc.. The inspection can be scheduled and conducted quickly.