Housing Choice Voucher
Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)
Our Section 8 Program, now known as the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, enables low-income families in the Charlotte area to rent safe housing that is affordable in the private market through funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. By enrolling in the program you will receive a voucher that allows a portion of your rent to be paid directly to the property manager or property owner by CHA.
Do You Qualify?
- Annual gross income
- Your ability to pass a criminal background check
- Eligible immigration status
- Previous behavior in other assisted housing.
What happens when you qualify?
Once your name is pulled from the wait list, if a CHA preference has been applied for, a letter will be sent to you that your preference should be verified.
If the preference can be verified, a package of paperwork to complete will be sent with a deadline to submit the requested information.
Once deemed eligible, you will receive a letter providing a date and time of your voucher briefing.
At the briefing, you will attend a Good Neighbor Training and be issued a voucher with qualifying amounts.
Project-Based Vouchers are a component of a public housing agency’s (PHAs) housing choice voucher program. A PHA can attach up to twenty percent (20%) of its voucher assistance to specific housing units if the owner agrees to either rehabilitate or construct the units, or the owner agrees to set aside a portion of the units in an existing development.
Tenant-Based Vouchers increase affordable housing choices for very low-income families. Families with a tenant-based voucher choose and lease safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing.
Steps to Portability / Voucher Transfer [ Step 1 of 8 ]
Notify your caseworker at your current housing authority so they can determine your eligibility to port and begin paperwork. If you are eligible, the current housing authority must mail, email or fax your portability packet to us. Packet includes: Form HUD-52665, copy of voucher, most recent HUD-50058, income verification forms, family compensation documents, voucher holder’s contact information, and EIV printout.
Once we receive the paperwork, a letter will be sent to the voucher holder within two weeks of receiving the portability paperwork from the current housing authority. In the letter an appointment date and time will be provided to meet one on one with our staff members. This information is also available on a telephone hotline at (704) 336-8271.
If it passes final inspection, you can move in!
Notification must first be provided to the caseworker at your current housing authority, they will determine eligibility to port. If you are eligible, the current housing authority must mail or fax the voucher holder s portability packet to CHA. DO NOT bring paperwork to the CHA Office.
Please mail voucher packet to:
Attn: Linda Gordon
400 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203
Fax to (704) 336-8484 or (704) 336-5960. Please have faxes come to the attention of the Lead Portability Specialist.
CHA will assign one bedroom for each two persons within the household, except in the following circumstances:
- A separate bedroom may be allocated to the Head of Household and his/her domestic partner.
- Persons of the opposite sex (other than spouses, and children under the age of 6) will be allocated separate bedrooms.
- Live-in aides will be allocated a separate bedroom. Single person families will be allocated one bedroom.
- Children of the same gender with an age difference of 8 years will be allocated separate bedrooms.
- Unrelated adults of the same gender will be allocated separate bedrooms.
- Foster children will be included in determining unit size only if they will be in the unit for more than 60 days.
We are currently billing for all portable tenants at this time. For current payment standards, click here.