HCVP Applicants

Applying to the Tenant-based Voucher Program

Please note: The HCVP Tenant-based Voucher Program waiting list is currently closed.

HCV participants who have been in the Project-based Voucher Program for at least one year in good standing may be eligible for the Tenant-Based Voucher Program—which broadens their housing options, if a voucher is available.

Your place on this HCVP waiting list is based on a random lottery drawing. No applicant is entitled to be on a waiting list or in a specific position on a waiting list.

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.

Applying to the Project-based Voucher Program

The Project-based Voucher (PBV) Program allows low-income families to live in specific properties with subsidized rents. RRHA manages a waiting list due to high interest in the program.

Step 1 – Applicant applies to be on the PBV waiting list

Register with our applicant portal. Once you are registered, you may apply for property-specific waiting lists that best meet your family’s needs.

Step 2 – RRHA accepts applicant onto PBV-specific waiting list(s)

Once your application is received, RRHA will confirm your family composition fits the bedroom size of that specific development.

Accepted applicants are placed on the waiting list. Rejected applicants are notified via email.

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

Step 3 – RRHA selects applicant to review eligibility for housing

Your place on the waiting list is based on the properties you selected and/or the date and time you applied. Once your name gets to the top of the waiting list, you will receive an email with instructions and a checklist of required documents. You must complete the eligibility packet and provide the documents by a specified deadline.

Once all documents and forms have been received, the Tenant Selection Office will verify background information. The whole process usually takes up to 90 days.

RRHA will review the waiting list application to be sure your family meets RRHA and HUD eligibility requirements, including:

  • Be a family unit as defined by HUD and RRHA.
  • Earn less than the HUD income limit for the family’s size. 
  • Be U.S. citizens or eligible immigrants.
  • Provide Social Security numbers for all members of the household.
  • Allow RRHA to collect and verify all family information.
  • Meet RRHA’s standards for acceptable current or past behavior for all family members.

Step 4 – RRHA refers applicant to development for final approval

RRHA Tenant Selection Office will complete a referral form and submit it to the PBV development for final approval.

Step 5 – Applicant moves in

After final approval, RRHA will notify the applicant of a tentative move-in date.


HCVP Applicant FAQs

What are the income limits?

Income limits are established annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Very Low (50%) Income Limits are used to determine if the family is income-eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. RRHA compares the gross annual income of the family to the applicable income limit for the household size. Families whose income exceeds the income limit will be denied admission to the program and offered an informal review.

Household SizeGross Annual Income
1 $31,300
2 $35,800
3 $40,250
4 $44,700
5 $48,300
6 $51,900
7 $55,450
8 $59,050
2020 Very Low (50%) Income limits for Richmond, VA MSA

How do I check my status on the waiting list?

Visit the applicant portal and login with your username and password.

I was selected to be an applicant on the waiting list. How do I change my contact information?

Changes to your contact information must be made online. Visit the applicant portal and login with your username and password.

I wasn’t selected for the waiting list. I still need housing help. What should I do?

Review other information on this website to find out about other housing opportunities that the Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority has available.

Additionally, you may also visit virginiahousingsearch.com and gosection8.com for information on affordable housing. If you need immediate housing assistance, please call 804-648-4177 to reach Central Intake.

My application was denied. What can I do?

If you wish to dispute the accuracy of the decision to deny your application you must submit a request in writing for an informal review no later than 15 days from the date of the decision.

If you are a person with a disability and require assistance or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, language translation services, or communication in an alternate format, please contact the Housing Choice Voucher Program at 804-780-4361.

Can I get temporary housing during the application process?

RRHA does not offer temporary or emergency housing.

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