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Activities & Services

Frequently Asked Questions

If you submitted a completed application in person to the Jefferson Village Apartment’s leasing offices at 222 East 2nd Street, and have responded to written communications since that time, then you are probably on the active wait list.

If you have mailed, emailed or faxed in an application, please call the office to confirm receipt of.

There is no way for the WGHA to determine how long it will take to get an apartment. The only time apartments become available is when someone becomes deceased, moves or is evicted. Since there is no way to determine when these events will take place it is impossible to accurately state how long it will take to get an apartment. The WGHA will provide “estimates” based on apartment turnover history but these are only estimates and should not be used for planning purposes.

The waiting list is comprised based on the time and date the application was submitted and then preference is applied. Therefore, an application that is submitted on a later date can be placed ahead of others received before it based on preference points. Preference is given to current tenants and applicants who are displaced or homeless.

Please see the Tenant Selection Plan for assigned preferences.

The waiting list is comprised based on the time and date the application was submitted and then preference is applied. Therefore, an application that is submitted on a later date can be placed ahead of others received before it based on preference points. Preference is given to current tenants and applicants who are displaced or homeless.

Please see the Tenant Selection Plan for assigned preferences.

There are work order forms located in the laundry facility and outside the leasing office. They are to be filled out for every request and returned to the main office.

For emergencies, the main office can be contacted during normal business hours at (607) 535-2640. During non-business hours, contact the on-call maintenance service at (607) 259-7569.

Yes, the WGHA will consider transfer requests. If there is a legitimate need for a transfer, you can be placed on the transfer list.

Jefferson Village Apartments has a limited number of handicapped accessible units which are currently all occupied. As these units become available, the units are offered in order of preference on the waiting list.

Please see the Tenant Selection Plan for assigned preferences.

Assistance provided under HUD programs falls into three categories: public housing, tenant-based, and privately owned, project-based.

In public housing, local housing agencies receive allocations of HUD funding to build, operate or make improvements to housing. The housing is owned by the local agencies. Public housing is a form of project-based subsidy because households may receive assistance only if they agree to live at a particular public housing project.

The Housing Choice Voucher program began in 1998. Tenant based programs allow participants to find and lease housing in the private market. Local public housing agencies (PHAs) and some state agencies serving as PHAs enter into contracts with HUD to administer the programs. The PHAs then enter into contracts with private landlords. The housing must meet housing quality standards and other program requirements. The subsidies are used to supplement the rent paid by low-income households. Under tenant-based programs, assisted households may move and take their subsidy with them. Vouchers have no specific maximum rent. The low-income household must pay any excess over the payment standard.

The third major type of HUD rental assistance is a collection of programs generally referred to as multifamily assisted, or, privately-owned, project-based housing. What these programs have in common is that they provide rental housing that is owned by private landlords who enter into contracts with HUD in order to receive housing subsidies. The subsidies pay the difference between tenant rent and total rental costs. The subsidy arrangement is termed project-based because the assisted household may not take the subsidy and move to another location. The single largest project-based program was the Section 8 program, which was created in 1974. This program allowed for new construction and substantial rehabilitation that was delivered through a wide variety of financing mechanisms.

Jefferson Village Apartments is privately owned, project-based Section 8 Housing. We are contracted with HUD and receive direct housing subsidies. When you leave Jefferson Village, you cannot take your subsidy with you.

Annual inspections are required if you are a public housing resident.

You are always welcome to visit the Housing Authority if you call first to make an appointment. Also please check out our tenant monthly newsletter which highlights the activities and calendar of events. All meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend.

The wait list varies depending on the vacancy rate. It may take up to a year or more for an apartment. The wait list also varies due to the preference of the Tenant Selection Plan.

Yes, Jefferson Village allows pets.

No. However, you can contact the local Department of Social Services for assistance.

Rent is based on your combined family’s gross annual income (Head of house, spouse and all children over 18 years of age) less any applicable deductions allowed under US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations. After the calculation is determined, you will pay approximately 30% of your monthly adjusted income.