Housing and Community Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Operating Hours: 8AM-4:30PM M-F

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. 

How Do I Obtain a Housing Choice Voucher?

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. 

Am I Eligible to Obtain a Housing Choice Voucher?

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
  • 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



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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