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. Currently the FCRHA’s HCV Waiting List is closed. The FCRHA will provide notice through a variety of media outlets when it reopens.
About the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) 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, townhome 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.
Applicant families must meet the following eligibility requirements to qualify for the program.
- Meet HUD’s definition of a family
- Meet income limits specified by HUD
- Qualify on the basis of citizenship or eligible immigrant status
- Provide social security number information
- Sign required consent forms
- Pass screening process
Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Plan
The HCV Administrative Plan establishes policies for the administration of the HCV program according to HUD regulations and guidelines. The HCV Administrative Plan clarifies the requirements of the program and ensures compliance.