Housing and Community Development

CONTACT INFORMATION: Operating Hours: 8AM-4:30PM M-F
703-246-5000 TTY 711
3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tom Fleetwood
HCD Director

Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8)

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is a federally funded program designed to assist low-income families with their housing needs. Participants in the HCV program receive assistance to rent private market apartments. Participants find their own apartment, condominium, townhouse or single-family homes. Participants pay approximately 30-35% of their adjusted income towards rent, which is paid directly to their landlord. The FCRHA pays the balance to the landlord. 

The way to receive a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) is through our lottery program. When a family wishes to receive rental assistance, the family must submit an application, when the waitlist is open. The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) randomly selects applicants and assigns them a position on the waitlist. 

Applicant families must meet the following eligibility requirements to qualify for the program.

  • Meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) definition of a family
  • A household’s total income must not exceed 50 percent of the Area Median Income.

  • Qualify on the basis of citizenship or eligible immigrant status
  • Provide social security number information
  • Sign required consent forms
  • Pass screening process

CLICK HERE for additional detail regarding eligibility.

Housing discrimination happens in the process of renting, buying, selling or getting a loan for a home. It also includes discrimination that denies someone the use or enjoyment of their home. The Office of Human Rights and Equity Program (OHREP) ensures equal opportunity and promotes justice, diversity, and inclusiveness by protecting the civil rights of all in Fairfax County. OHREP also manages the Fairfax County Fair Housing Plan and provides education and outreach services. Services include training for landlords, real estate professionals, property managers, lenders, and other housing professionals, as well as information to and training for the general public. If you have questions or feel you have been the victim of housing discrimination, please visit the OHREP website or call 703-324-2953, TTY 711, for assistance.

Hot Topics:

  • Housing Discrimination: Source of Funds
    Discrimination based on source of funds can take many forms – including landlords refusing to accept certain types of vouchers or subsidies or setting minimum income requirements that result in most voucher holders being denied. Minimum income requirements often require tenants to earn three or four times the monthly rent for the unit. These requirements are commonly misapplied to voucher holders. When pertaining to minimum income requirements for voucher holders, the income limitation should only relate to the portion of the rent paid by the voucher holder, and not the total rent for the unit.

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The Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently CLOSED. The FCRHA will provide notice on this site and through a variety of media outlets when it reopens.

When applying for an HCV Voucher, please keep in mind that the program does not provide immediate housing upon receipt of your application. When you apply your name is added to the HCV Waiting List based on the date and time of your application. The county is unable to predict how long it will take for your name to reach the top of the waiting list. If you have any questions pertaining to the status of your application, please contact your Housing Specialist or call 703-246-5000.

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