Participant Eligibility

Initial Eligibility

Applicants must meet several criteria to be eligible for assistance:

  • Income Limits Requirement: The Applicant household or individual must meet income requirements which are published and updated annually by HUD.
  • At least one household member must be a United States citizen or an eligible immigrant.
  • Each household must have a Social Security Number or be able to verify that one has been applied for.
  • Meet AH’s criminal background screening criteria.
  • Comply with AH’s Work/Program Participation Requirement.


Work / Program Participation Requirement

As a condition of receiving the housing subsidy, households must meet the Work/Program Requirement where:

  • One non-elderly (18 to 61 years old), non-disabled adult household member must maintain continuous full-time employment (at least 30 hours per week)


  • All other non-elderly, non-disabled household members must also maintain employment with a minimum of 30 hours per week or participate in a combination of school, job-training and/or part-time employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Continued Eligibility

AH may review a household’s eligibility for continued participation in its programs through a process called “Recertification.” During the recertification process, AH does one or more of the following activities to confirm that the participant continues to meet AH eligibility requirements:

  • Income review, verification, and calculation
  • Determination of Work/Program Participation requirement compliance status
  • Confirmation of household composition to determine the appropriate voucher size
  • Recalculation of income and deductions to determine the Total Tenant Payment (TTP)
  • Must adhere to AH’s Family Obligations

Recertification cycles occur annually, biennially or triennially based on each household’s Work/Program Participation compliance status.


An eligible household that has been issued a Housing Choice Voucher may use that voucher to lease a unit anywhere in the United States where there is a housing agency operating a Housing Choice voucher program. This feature of the program is referred to as portability. (Note: AH requires new applicants to use their vouchers in AH’s jurisdiction during the first year of program participation. To promote stability and quality of life, Participants and their households must remain in their current unit for a minimum of 24 months to be eligible for an elective move).

To be considered eligible to port in to AH’s jurisdiction, Port Applicants must:

  • Meet all AH eligibility requirements
  • Receive approval from the Initial Public Housing Authority (IPHA)
  • Ensure that a complete inbound Port Package is received from the IPHA
  • Meet the Work/Program Requirement as applicable

If any of the above requirements are not met, AH will return the port package to the IPHA and no further processing will occur.

Outbound Ports are households that request to move to a property located outside of AH’s jurisdiction. Participants are not eligible to port out before their annual recertification date.

To be considered eligible to port out of AH’s jurisdiction, the Applicant/Participant must:

  • Comply with AH’s Work Program requirements
  • Have met all terms and conditions of the rental lease agreement and have continuously complied with all household obligations under the MTW Voucher

Wells Fargo Prepaid Debit Enrollment

AH uses the Wells Fargo Bank MasterCard debit card program as a way to make supplemental utility payments to eligible Housing Choice participants. You will be able to use the debit card to make utility payments and manage your family's finances. If you recently received a New Debit Card Program Enrollment for Supplemental Utility Payments letter from AH, you are required to complete an online cardholder enrollment form from Wells Fargo Bank in order to complete the process and receive your new debit card. AH will withhold your supplemental utility payments until you enroll AND receive and activate your card.

To complete the Wells Fargo MasterCard enrollment process, you need to follow these steps:

Step 1

Visit Wells Fargo's MasterCard Prepaid Debit Card Self Enrollment Registration Site.

Step 2

Enter the Customer Number that AHA provided on your Debit Card Program Enrollment for Supplemental Utility Payments letter.

Enter your email address & request a new one-time validation code.  An active email address is required in order to receive your validation code from Wells Fargo Bank.

Step 3

Check your email to obtain the validation code that Wells Fargo Bank sends to you.

Enter your validation code to continue with enrollment.

Step 4

Click here to complete the cardholder enrollment form. AHA will withhold your supplemental utility payments until you enroll, receive and activate your card.

When you receive your new prepaid debit card, please follow these steps to start receiving your supplemental utility payments:

Step 1

Follow the instructions on the card to activate your card. Also, sign the back of your card. AH will not fund your card until it has been activated.

Step 2

Read the brochure to find out how to use the card and create your online account.

Step 3

Frequently check your balance and start using your card.

After you have received and activated your card, funds - including any funds that AHA may have withheld due to delayed enrollments - will be deposited to your new card. Funds will be applied to your card approximately 30 days after the enrollment process is completed.