Amsterdam Housing Authority

Participant News

Impact of the Partial Government

Shutdown on the Housing Choice Voucher Program


On Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 funding for 9 of the 15

federal agencies expired and a partial shut-down was triggered.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban

Development (HUD) is among the nine federal agencies

impacted by the shut-down.


HUD provides 100% of the funding to agencies nationally that

administer the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. It is

through this formula allocation that the federal government

provides budget authority to issue Housing Assistance Payment

(HAP) to landlords who make units available for families

participating in the HCV program.


You are receiving this notification because the partial shut-down

of the federal government, if continued, may delay future HAP

to landlords. However, at this time, it is anticipated that HUD’s

current HAP funding levels will allow for timely HAP

disbursements to landlords for the month of February, according

to notice we have received from HUD.


We will keep you informed as we learn more.




Scholarship Opportunities


AHA is pleased to announce the follow college scholarship opportunities for high school seniors who are on track to graduate in June 2019.


Click on the links below for applications and additional requirements.  Application fees will be paid by AHA for qualified applicants. Applications are limited to two per agency so if you are planning to apply or you have additional questions, please contact

Tisha Vidulich via email at

or  via phone at 518-842-2894 ext 104.


PHADA Scholarship


Scholarships for high school seniors living in public or assisted housing

Three Scholarships Will Be Awarded

Stephen J. Bollinger Memorial Scholarship $7,000

Freedom & Civil Rights Scholarship $5,000

Mutual of America Life Insurance Company Scholarship $5,000

Applications are due to AHA by January 7, 2019.





Scholarship for high school seniors living in public or assisted housing.

One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $2,500.00

One runner-up will be awarded $1,000.00.

Applications are due to AHA by January 28, 2019.



Report Every Change of Income


It is very important to notify AHA of ANY change to your income within 10 days of the change.


     To protect your housing assistance, always report any new or changed income, including (but not limited to):


    • Employment wages, including changes to your pay or the number of hours you work;
    • Child support payments
    • Social Security (SS) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Disability and/or unemployment benefits
    • Money received from family or friends, including bills paid by anyone outside of your household
    • Public Assistance



     Changes must be reported in writing using the Change form available here or on the forms page of the AHA website as well as in the AHA lobby.   Once form the form is completed it can be mailed to our office.  If an appointment is required, you will receive an appointment letter via mail.



     Failure to report changes in income can result in unfortunate consequences, including:

    • Being required to repay the Housing Authority
    • Termination from the Section 8 program
    • Prosecution for fraud

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