RECERTIFICATION

The Annual/Interim Recertification Process

In addition to updating SAHA with family income and composition changes as they occur throughout the year, families must complete an annual recertification within a 12-month period. The purpose of the annual recertification is to ensure that assisted famliies are still eligible to continue the HCV program, to recalculate the family's and SAHA's payments for the unit, and to determine if the unit continues to meet Housing Quality Standards. 

Scheduling Annual Recertification Appointments

SAHA will send notice of the recertification appointment 120 days in advance. The notice will inform the family of the date, time and location of the appointment. The notice will also list all mandatory documentation that the family is required to bring to the appointment. 

All documents must be originals; no photocopies or altered documents will be accepted. All adult household members (18 years and over) are required to attend the recertification appointment. 

If an in-person interview is not possible because of a family member's disability or a family needs to reschedule an interview for good cause, the family should contact SAHA through their Housing Assistance Specialist (HAS). 

Otherwise, if a family fails to attend a scheduled interviewe or if the notice is returned by the post office with no forwarding address, SAHA will consider the family to have violated its family obligations and the family's assistance may be terminated. 

Annual Recertification Appointment 

SAHA will ask each family to bring all required information in order to verify family income and composition. 

Once the Housing Assistance Specialist has reviewed and verified the information you have provided, he/she will recalculate your portion of the rent and the amount of rental assistance SAHA will provide, if necessary. 

If adding a new family member to the unit causes overcrowding in the unit, SAHA must issue the family a new voucher and the family must try to find an acceptable unit as soon as possible. 

Reporting Changes/Interim Reexaminations 

All changes in family composition or income must be reported within 10 business days of the change. Do not wait until your recertification appointment to report these changes. You can find all forms required to report changes in income/family composition online under Forms & Packets.

You can access the Change of Family Composition/Add Member packet by clicking here

You can access the Change of Family Composition/Remove Member packet by clicking here

You may return the completed forms by mail, email, fax, or in-person. Failure to report changes can result in retroactive rent increases or lease terminations.

Mail:
PO Box 29
San Antonio, TX 78291

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Fax: 477-6206

The addition of a family member as a result of birth, adoption, or court-awarded custody does not require SAHA approval. However, the family is required to send written notification to SAHA within 10 business days of the change.

The addition of a new family member, live-in aide, foster child or foster adult requires SAHA approval. This includes any person not on the lease who is expected to stay in the unit for more than 30 consecutive days or 60 cumulative days within a 12-month period. SAHA will not approve the individual unless the individual meets SAHA’s eligibility criteria.

If adding a new family member to the unit causes overcrowding in the unit, SAHA must issue the family a new voucher and the family must try to find an acceptable unit as soon as possible.

Participants in the HCV program should also notify SAHA in the event of the departure of a household member from the unit or a family break-up due to divorce or legal separation within 10 business days.