Office of Housing  |  Housing Choice Voucher Program



What are Housing Choice Vouchers?


Tenant-based vouchers increase affordable housing choices for very low-income families by providing a monetary subisidy.  Families with a tenant-based voucher choose and lease safe, decent, and affordable privately owned rental housing.


What families are eligible to apply for Housing Choice Vouchers?


 Very low-income families (i.e. families with incomes at or below 50% of area median income).  The following is a chart displaying income guidelines for our current HCV program:

# of Persons in Household 50% AMI (maximum for HCV)
1 Person $31,300
2 Persons $35,800
3 Persons $40,250
4 Persons $44,700
5 Persons $48,300



How does a Housing Authority determine if a family is income eligible?


The Housing Authority compares the family's annual income (gross income) with the HUD-established very low-income limit or low-income limit for the area.  The family's gross income cannot exceed this limit.


How do families obtain tenant-based vouchers?


Apply in person or request an application to be mailed to you when we have an open waiting list.  You may also print the application from our website. 


How does a person obtain an apartment once they have a Voucher?


It is the responsibility of a family to find a unit that meets their needs.  If the family finds a unit that meets the housing quality standards, the rent is reasonable, and the unit meets other program requirements, the Housing Authority executes a HAP contract with the property owner.  This contract authorizes the Housing Authority to make subsidy payments on behalf of the family.  If the family moves out of the unit, the contract with the owner ends and the family can move with continued assistance to another unit.


How much rent does the Voucher cover?


The Housing Authority pays the owner the difference between 30 percent of adjusted family income and the determined payment standard or the gross rent for the unit, whichever is lower.  The family may choose a unit with a higher rent than the payment standard and pay the owner the difference as long as the amount does not exceed 40% of the adjusted gross income.


 Participant Responsibilities


  1)     Making rent payments in a timely manner.

  2)     Reporting any increase in income, family size, birth or death within 30 business days. 

  3)     Keeping your home clean and in good repair.

  4)     Complying with all approved lease requirements.

  5)     Maintaining this as your only home.


 Most Common Reasons for Termination


1)   Damaging property/failure to keep home clean and in good repair.

2)   Failure to report changes in family size, increase/decrease in income, births or deaths.

3)   Failure to pay rent or utility bills.

4)   Possession of illegal substances.

5)   Disturbance of the peace.

6)   Allowing someone not on the application to inhabit your home.


Protecting Yourself


Be prepared by bringing all documents, references, and a copy of your credit report when meet your landlord.  Carefully review the  lease agreement and all conditions BEFORE you sign on the dotted line.

In order to avoid disputes, get everything in writing. Keep a copy for yourself and send a copy to the landlord of maintenance requests, agreements, etc.

Know your rights as a Tenant. Request a copy of the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.



The County of Albemarle Office of Housing provides all program services without regards to Race, Color, Sex, Religion, Creed, National Or Ethnic Origin, Age, Familial Status, Handicap Or Disability. The County of Albemarle Office Of Housing Is Accessible To Persons With Disabilities. Accessibility for the Hearing-Impaired Is Provided By Calling the Virginia Relay Center by Dialing 711.



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