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Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)

Assisted Housing Programs

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), formerly known as Section 8, receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer a rental voucher program to qualified low-income persons and families.

RRHA’s HCV Program services the Richmond Metropolitan area which includes the City of Richmond, Hanover County (Ashland), Henrico County, and Chesterfield County. A participating family is generally required to pay approximately 30% of adjusted monthly income toward rent and utilities.

Housing assistance payments are based on the affordability of the individual/family (family income, family size, income deductions, utility responsibility, and the requested contract rent). Additional rent reasonableness tools are available under leasing.

Types of Housing Choice Vouchers

Project-based Vouchers (“PBV”)

The Project-based HCV Program (with community partners) allows low-income families to live in specific properties with subsidized rents. Applicants must apply for specific communities and will then be placed on that community’s site-based waiting list managed by RRHA.

Residents who have been in the PBV Program for at least one year in good standing may be eligible for the Tenant-based HCV Program—which broaden their housing options.

The PBV waitlist is open. Applications are accepted year-round.

Tenant-based Vouchers

The Tenant-based HCV Program (with private landlords) allows low-income families to live in privately owned homes of their choice by subsidizing a portion of their rent.

This program gives families the flexibility to choose their own, safe apartments at an affordable cost to them. Voucher holders are responsible for finding an apartment that accepts Housing Choice Vouchers in the private market.

No applicant is entitled to be on a waiting list or in a specific position on a waiting list.

The Tenant-based HCV waitlist is closed. RRHA will issue a public notice when it reopens.


HCVP Office:
918 Chamberlayne Parkway Richmond, VA 23220

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday 8:30 am – 5 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Request Reasonable Accommodations

Complete the 504 form if you are an individual with a disability and you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the application process.

You can achieve economic independence

Upon successful completion of the The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, participants receive an interest-bearing escrow (savings) account.

This program is available to public housing residents or Housing Choice Voucher program participants.

Learn more
Thyraellis Howard, RRHA FSS Program Graduate