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HFAs and their partners administer the Housing Choice Voucher (voucher) program, which is primarily used for tenant-based rental assistance. Eligible families are generally required to contribute 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities on a home or apartment of their choosing. Program administrators can use a portion of these vouchers to help renters transition to homeownership. Up to 20 percent of these vouchers may be used for eligible families occupying pre-selected apartments (project-basing).

Project-based vouchers are limited to no more than 25 percent of the apartments in an individual multifamily housing development. HFAs and their partners administer the program by soliciting applications, determining recipient eligibility, establishing allowable rent levels and determining whether the properties for rent comply with the housing quality standards established under the Choice Voucher Program.

NCSHA is working with other housing advocates to:

  • strengthen the Housing Choice Voucher program to ensure its effectiveness in meeting affordable housing needs in the states;
  • obtain Section 8 funding adequate to renew all authorized vouchers and support new ones; and
  • authorize and provide new state-administered funding that states may use to provide project-based operating subsidies to support affordable rental housing and tenant-based rental assistance to support state-determined priorities unmet under the Housing Choice Voucher program.

Advocating for funding adequate to renew all authorized vouchers and provide for new ones is one of NCSHA’s Legislative Priorities.

Useful Links: HUD’s Housing Choice Vouchers Webpage, HUD Voucher Program Fact Sheet