WHAT IS GUMA TRANKILIDAT?
Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority’s Guam Elderly Project, "Guma’ Trankilidat," is financed through the Farmers Home Administration, Section 515 New Construction. Guma’ Trankilidat provides housing to very low-income elderly and persons with a disabilities. The project contains 49 one-bedroom units. Section 8 rental assistance is provided residents of Guma Trankilidat. For more information about the Section 8 program visit GHURA’s Section 8 program web page.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Guma Trankilidat is limited to very low-income families whose head of household, spouse or sole member is elderly or a person with a disability. The very low-income limits are at 50% of the median income for Guam under the Section 8 program. GHURA’s Housing Services Division can tell you the income levels for Guam by family size, or you can also find the income limits here on the Internet. [Link to Section 8 income limits.]
GHURA determines your eligibility based on:
HOW DO I APPLY?
If you are interested in applying for Guma Trankilidat, contact the GHURA Housing Services Division at 671-477-9851 or pick up an application at the GHURA Main Office located at 117 Bien Venida Avenue, Sinajana, Guam.
HOW DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?
You will fill it out an application form for Section 8 and check the box for Guma Trankilidat. GHURA needs to collect the following information to determine eligibility:
Names of all persons who would be living in the unit, their sex, date of birth, and relationship to the family head;
Your present address and telephone number;
Family characteristics (e.g., veteran) or circumstances that might qualify the family for tenant selection preferences;
Names and addresses of your current and previous landlords for information about your family's suitability as a tenant;
An estimate of your family's anticipated income for the next twelve months and the sources of that income; and
The names and addresses of employers, banks, and any other information GHURA would need to verify your income and deductions, and to verify the family composition.
A representative from GHURA’s Housing Services Division will describe the Guma Trankilidat program and its requirements, and answer any questions you might have.
WILL I NEED TO PRODUCE ANY DOCUMENTATION?
Yes, a GHURA representative will request whatever documentation is needed (e.g., birth certificates, tax returns) to verify the information given on your application. GHURA will also rely on direct verification from your employer, etc. You will be asked to sign a form to authorize release of pertinent information to the GHURA.
WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED?
GHURA will provide written notification. If GHURA determines that you are eligible, your name will be put on a waiting list, unless GHURA is able to assist you immediately. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, GHURA will contact you. If it is determined that you are ineligible, GHURA will explain why and, if you wish, you can request an informal hearing.
HOW IS RENT DETERMINED?
Your rent, which is referred to as the Total Tenant Payment (TTP), would be based on your family's anticipated gross annual income less deductions, if any. HUD regulations allow GHURA to exclude from annual income the following allowances:
$480 for each dependent;
$400 for any elderly family, or a person with a disability; and
Some medical deductions for families headed by an elderly person or a person with disabilities.
Based on your application, a GHURA representative will determine if any of the allowable deductions should be subtracted from your annual income. Annual income is the anticipated total income from all sources received from the family head and spouse, and each additional member of the family 18 years of age or older. The formula used in determining the TTP is the highest of the following, rounded to the nearest dollar:
30 percent of the monthly-adjusted income. (Monthly Adjusted Income is annual income less deductions allowed by the regulations);
Welfare rent, if applicable; or
A $25 minimum rent.
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