Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8)
The Loudoun County Department of Family Services (DFS) Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) provides rental assistance to low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market through Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The HCV program (also known as Section 8) is administered locally by Public Housing Agencies (PHAs).
Since housing assistance is provided directly to the landlord on behalf of the household, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments which must meet Housing Quality Standard for affordability and safety. Once a family and a landlord sign a lease, the tenant family is responsible for a portion of their rent depending on their income, and the HCV program pays the remainder directly to the landlord.
To qualify for the HCV program the household income must not exceed 30 percent of the area median income. The average HCV household usually pays a portion of rent and utilities not covered by the voucher which is approximately 30 to 40 percent of their monthly adjusted income.
For general information on the HCV program you may also visit the HUD web site.