1. What is the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program?
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program provides rental assistance to low-income households for safe and quality housing at privately-owned or Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation properties. Participants pay 30 to 40% of their gross annual income towards rent and utilities then MCHA pays the difference up to the voucher amount.
A rental unit must pass an inspection by Mid-Columbia Housing Authority certifying it meets health and safety standards. Then a monthly housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by Mid-Columbia Housing Authority on behalf of the voucher recipient. Any difference between the actual monthly rent amount and the voucher value is paid by the renter.
2. Who is ineligible for Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV)?
Some applicants may be denied for the following reasons:
- You or a member of your household has an outstanding debt owed to any housing authority.
- You or a member of your household has been evicted from public housing within the last three years.
- You or a member of your household has not fulfilled family obligations during participation in the Housing Choice Voucher program within the past five years.
- You or a member of your household has engaged in abusive or violent behavior or threats toward housing authority personnel.
- You or a member of your household has committed fraud, bribery, or any criminal act in connection with any federal housing program.
- You or a member of your household has engaged in drug-related or violent criminal activity during the past five years.
The following are not eligible to receive vouchers under any circumstances:
- You or a household member is a registered sex offender.
- You or a household member has been convicted of manufacturing or trafficking any controlled substance while living in federally-assisted housing.
3. How Many Housing Choice Vouchers are Available? Is There a Waiting List? When Can I Apply?
The number of vouchers available varies depending on federal funding. Because the demand for vouchers is far greater than the supply, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority maintains a waiting list. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open year round.
4. How Can I Find a Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) Rental?
Any rental unit on the private market is eligible as long as it meets the program rent limits and Housing Quality Standards. Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation owns properties that may be available to Housing Choice Voucher holders. View available Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation property listings on our Property Listings Page.
Prior to move in, the home you choose will need to pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspection to ensure that the home is safe and sanitary. Your home will also be inspected annually to make sure these standards are being maintained.