What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)?
This is a program for assisting low-income families to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by Metropolitan Housing Alliance (MHA). MHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.
The HCV Program allows families to utilize rental vouchers to find their own units and live in any neighborhood they wish. A portion of the rent (based on the family’s income and composition) is paid to the landlord by MHA. The family pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount paid by MHA.
Am I eligible for a voucher?
Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by MHA based on the annual gross income and family size. Participation in this program is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status as defined by HUD. In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location. See MHA income limits. Families must meet additional eligibility criteria specified in MHA’s Administrative Plan.
How can I apply?
The Housing Authority can only accept applications for waitlists that we have advertised as open. MHA shall advertise in local newspapers and post notices on its website when waitlist open and close. When the waitlist is open, applications are accepted online.
When will I get my voucher once I’m on the waitlist?
Applicants are placed on a waitlist according to the date and time of receiving the application. Local preferences for which they may be eligible will impact waitlist placement. All applications are date and time-stamped when received. The waitlist number is not a firm number as the waitlist are resorted periodically. MHA schedules families from the waiting list for eligibility screenings when a position is open on the program. MHA is limited to the amount of funds and vouchers that they are allowed to administer.
Please ensure you notify our agency in writing of all changes employment and disability status, and change of address. No changes are accepted over the phone. If MHA sends you correspondence that is returned due to an incorrect address, or if you have moved and failed to provide our agency with a written updated address, your application will be withdrawn. Failure to respond to any correspondence for information or attending scheduled meetings will also result in withdrawal of your application.