The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) – Southern Nevada
This is a Federal program for assisting low and very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing (that they choose) in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses or apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. The program also allows its participants to use the voucher after the first year of admissions (if the applicant was not a current resident of Clark County when they applied) anywhere in the Nation. This segment of the program is entitled Portability. The term Section 8 is used to describe the various Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Programs.
The SNRHA administers 10,149 Housing Choice Vouchers that allow families to rent in the private market and receive a subsidy towards their rent. With this assistance, residents are able to pay approximately 30-40 percent of their annual adjusted income toward rent, while the SNRHA pays the remainder. The SNRHA helps provide housing to approximately 38,000 people under this program.
Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) – Northern Nevada: Reno/Sparks
The HCVP is designed to allow participants to utilize rental vouchers to find units in whatever neighborhood they wish from private landlords. Many participants take advantage of the portability feature of the program to transfer to other parts of the country.
Families must fill out an application for the HCVP and return it to RHA’s Admissions Office. Families who meet eligibility and income requirements, which include a criminal history check, are entered on to a wait list based on the preferences they are eligible for and the date of application. As families reach the top of the wait list, they are offered a voucher, based on funding restrictions.
With a Housing Choice Voucher, the total amount of assistance to each family for rent and utilities is calculated based on the family’s income, composition, unit selected, and RHA‘s payment standards. RHA has a minimum rent of $75.