Rights and Responsibilities

Participant Rights

Participants in all of MRHA6’s housing assistance programs have certain rights. If you believe your rights have been violated, please contact your Housing Specialist. Below is a list of your rights:

  • Living in a unit that is safe, decent and sanitary.
  • Protection from unlawful discrimination.
  • Holding the property owner liable for damage to the unit caused by landlord negligence.
  • Paying only the amount of rent approved by MRHA6.
  • Receiving proper move-out notice.
  • Protections under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). You must not be denied assistance, terminated from participation, or be evicted from your rental housing because you are or have been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. *

*If you feel you qualify for VAWA protections, please see the ‘Forms’ page to learn more about how MRHA6 may be able to assist you.

Participant Responsibilities

As a participant in any MRHA6 housing assistance program, you must follow certain rules. Failure to follow these rules may lead to termination of assistance. Below is a partial list of your responsibilities:

  • Providing required information for your regularly scheduled reexaminations, and any other relevant housing information.
  • Reporting changes to income or household composition within 10 business days.
  • Allowing MRHA6 representatives to conduct regularly scheduled inspections.
  • Allowing only authorized people to reside in the unit – you cannot lease or sub-lease the unit.
  • Complying with the owner’s lease, including paying your portion of the rent.
  • Complying with the terms of your voucher and Tenancy Addendum.
  • Copying MRHA6 on any notices from or to the property owner, including 3-day pay or quit, eviction, rent adjustments and notice to vacate.

For a complete list of your participant obligations please click here

Voucher Payment Standard / Utility Allow

Voucher Payment Standard

The Voucher Payment Standard (VPS), which is established based on the FMR, is the maximum subsidy MRHA VI can provide toward the contract rent.

MS Regional Housing Authority VI (MRHA6) Payment Standards
Effective December 1, 2021*

Fair Market Rents (FMRs) are set annually by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to determine the value of rental units by bedroom size and amenities within geographic locations.

The following counties make up the Jackson MS Metro Area – Hinds, Rankin, Madison, Copiah.

 

Zip CodeSRO0BR1BR2BR3BR4BR5BR6BRCounty
39041435580600710870100011501300Metro
3904263084087010201260144016561872Metro
3904364586089010401290147016911911Metro
390445106807508801100132015181716Metro
39045473630650780980112012881456Metro
390465186907208401040119013691547Metro
390478551140118013801710195022432535Metro
39051443590620720890103011851339Metro
3905664586089010401290147016911911Metro
39059480640670780960110012651430Metro
390605637507809101130128014721664Metro
39066435580600710870100011501300Metro
390715036706908101000114013111482Metro
390735036707108301030120013801560Metro
39078458610650760940110012651430Metro
390795407207609001110129014841677Metro
39083458610630740910104011961352Metro
39086480640670780960110012651430Metro
39094435580600710870100011501300Metro
391108781170122014201760200023002600Metro
391144656206908001030135015531755Metro
39117480640660770950109012541417Metro
3913061582086010001240141016221833Metro
39144480640670780960110012651430Metro
39145495660690800990113013001469Metro
39146443590600760960110012651430Metro
391545637507809101130128014721664Metro
391577581010105012201510172019782236Metro
3915861582086010001240141016221833Metro
3916764586089010401290147016911911Metro
39170480640660770950109012541417Metro
391745707607909201140130014951690Metro
39175480640660780960110012651430Metro
391915106807108301030117013461521Metro
391935707607909201140130014951690Metro
392017951060110012801580181020822352Metro
392025186907208401040119013691547Metro
39203443590620720890102011731326Metro
392045036706908101000114013111482Metro
392055637507809101130128014721664Metro
392066008008309701200137015761781Metro
392075637507809101130128014721664Metro
392085707607909201140130014951690Metro
392095106807008201010116013341508Metro
3921167590093010901350154017712002Metro
392125857808109501170134015411742Metro
39213480640660770950109012541417Metro
392155637507809101130128014721664Metro
392165707607909201140130014951690Metro
39217473630650760940108012421404Metro
392186088108409801210138015871794Metro
392255637507809101130128014721664Metro
39232735980102011901470168019322184Metro
392365637507809101130128014721664Metro
392695637507809101130128014721664Metro
39272743990103012001480169019442197Metro
392835637507809101130128014721664Metro
392845637507809101130128014721664Metro
392865637507809101130128014721664Metro
3928864586089010401290147016911911Metro
392965637507809101130128014721664Metro
3929864586089010401290147016911911Metro
39654480640670780960110012651430Metro
39668480640670780960110012651430Metro

 

Utility Allowance Schedule

Utility allowance is an amount deducted from the household’s rent portion when the tenant is responsible for utilities.
To see the current utility allowances below click each option which is applicable.

Reporting Fraud

What is Program Integrity and Fraud

Program integrity is participant compliance with housing program rules. Fraud is the intentional abuse of these rules. MRHA6 is committed to upholding the integrity and effectiveness of its programs and operations, and will investigate every fraud allegation.

How to Report Fraud

To report suspected fraud, you may either:

  • Call the Fraud Hotline 601-373-7040. You will be instructed to leave your name and contact information and the Fraud Allegation form will be mailed to you.
  • Complete the Fraud Allegation Form and drop it off or mail to MRHA6 attn: Fraud.

We cannot accept or investigate any allegation if you do not provide your name and contact information.

To download a copy of the Fraud Allegation form, click here

What Happens Next

  • MRHA6 will determine if the allegation is proper.
  • Proper allegations will be investigated.
  • Appropriate action will be taken against the participant or owner; which may include termination of assistance or referral to the Hinds County District Attorney’s office.
  • Repayment of debts owed.

All allegations are strictly confidential; no one will be provided information about any investigation.

Reasonable Accommodation Process

What is Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodation

Fair Housing provides housing free of discriminatory practices and policies. Reasonable Accommodation allows an otherwise eligible family, which includes a person with a disability, to participate fully in MRHA VI’s housing assistance programs.

MRHA VI has a responsibility to further affirmatively Fair Housing in accordance with State and federal Fair Housing laws. The Coordinator will ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act as related to MRHA VI’s housing assistance programs. If you believe you are the victim of housing discrimination, contact the MRHA VI’s Coordinator at 601-373-7040.

How to Request a Reasonable Accommodation

  • Requests can be submitted to MRHA VI verbally or in writing.

To download a copy of the Reasonable Accommodation Request form, click here

What Happens Next

MRHA VI will:

  • Make a determination if the request is reasonable.
  • Follow up with a knowledgeable professional to verify if the requested accommodation is necessary.
  • Provide written notification of the decision to the tenant.

For More Information

For general information from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) about Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodation, click here.

For general information from the State of Mississippi on Fair Housing and about Reasonable Accommodation, click here.

Portability Process

What is Portability

Portability is the process that allows an eligible Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) applicant or participant to move anywhere in the United States where there is a housing agency operating the federal HCV program.

Port Out Process

Portability Move Out (Port Out) is when an eligible family moves from MRHA VI’s jurisdiction to another housing authority’s jurisdiction.

If you wish to Port Out, you must contact your Housing Specialist in writing to advise of the request.

  • Your Housing Specialist will determine if you are eligible.
  • Applicants must have received their voucher and lived in MRHA VI’s jurisdiction when they are pulled from the waiting list.
  • Participants must be eligible to receive a voucher to move.
  • If eligible, your paperwork will be email, mailed or faxed to the new housing agency.
  • Once your paperwork is sent to the new agency, you must follow all their policies and rules.

Port In Process

Portability Move In (Port In) is when an eligible family moves from another city or county into MRHA VI’s jurisdiction.

If you wish to Port In to MRHA VI’s jurisdiction, you must contact your current housing agency.

  • Your current housing agency determines if you are eligible to move to MRHA VI’s jurisdiction.
  • Portability paperwork can be sent by mail or faxed, see contact information below.
  • Once your portability paperwork is received, you will be contacted for an intake appointment.

After your paperwork is processed, you will be invited to a briefing appointment where you will receive your voucher.

MRHA6 is currently ABSORBING all ports at this time.

If you require further information. Please email our Portability Specialist at portability@mrha6.org