Housing Choice Voucher

About Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), formerly Section 8

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is a federally funded and income based program designed to provide decent and safe housing in the private market to qualified low to moderate income families, elderly and persons with disabilities. The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the largest program the Authority administers.

Since the assistance is provided on behalf of the family, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. A qualified participant is issued a voucher and is responsible for finding housing.  Upon finding a unit, documentation for the prospective unit and landlord must be submitted for preliminary eligibility. A HUD Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection is scheduled upon receipt of unit information and the participant may only move in once the unit passes inspection.

The Housing Authority of Rock Hill is authorized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer 500 vouchers with an annual budget authorization of over $2.5 million dollars.  Voucher recipients generally pay between 30 and 40 percent of their adjusted monthly gross income in rent. The program helps more than 500 low-income households pay rents they can afford.  More than 140 private landlords in the City of Rock Hill rent to Housing Choice Voucher program participants.