Housing Choice Voucher
Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own rental housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
HCVs are administered locally by Portland Housing Authority (PHA). PHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the HCV program.
A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by PHA.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
If the HCV waiting list is open you can request an application by phone, e-mail or by coming to our office. Go to “Contact Us”. We post which applications are available at this time on the home page.