SSA and HUD developed a centralized electronic data exchange program for benefit verification
requests we receive from Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). This Enterprise Income Verification
(EIV) system covers HUD's two main programs, Housing Choice Voucher (HCV - formerly
Section 8) and Public Housing.
EIV allows HUD's program administrators to access our Retirement Survivors Disability
and Health Insurance and Supplement Security Income (SSI) benefit history information
via an internet facility.
HUD instructions direct all PHAs:
to not refer rental assistance participants or applicants to local FOs,
to assist the applicants and participants with requesting a benefit verification letter
from our website or by calling our toll free number at (800)-772-1213 to request a
Proof of Income Letter, and to
use EIV for all recertifications of program participants.
Many private, non-HUD rental organizations do not participate in HUD's rental assistance
programs and do not have access to the EIV system. A list of PHAs is available at
the HUD PHA and low rent apartments list on the HUD website at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/pha/contacts. You may provide verifications to those third party organizations that do not have
access to EIV. However, you must obtain proper consent in these situations. For information
regarding consent requirements, see GN 03305.003.