Housing Opportunity Program (HOP)
THA's Housing Opportunity Program (HOP) is a new rent reform program for all new admissions to THA's tenant based program. The program is fixed-subsidy and time-limited. All new admissions to the HOP program receive a fixed subsidy. That includes senior/disabled households. Work-able households have a five-year time limit on their assistance. Senior/disabled households do not have the time limit applied. These households have annual re-examinations so THA can monitor the earned income and compare it to its other programs. There are no interim re-examinations. THA does not allow port outs for the HOP program except in cases of domestic violence covered by VAWA and Reasonable Accommodations.
The goal is to help our participants achieve true self-sufficiency by assisting them with their housing needs for a specific term. This incentivizes our participants to focus on securing better employment and prepares them for a better future. Families receive notices at every annual recertification indicating the number of years remaining on their term-limited subsidy along with continuous referral services to a variety of available resources.
The time limit is five years (for work-able households only). The fixed subsidy is set at 50% of established payment standards (see below).
|2017 Pierce County Payment Standards (Persons in Family)|
THA offers limited relief when a fixed subsidy results in a verifiable hardship. The hardship policy is detailed in THA's Moving to Work Plan.