The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly “Section 8 Housing”).

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also known as Section 8, assists eligible low-income families with their rent. Participants choose housing to rent in the open market, and pay a portion of the rent. HRHA subsidizes the difference in direct monthly payments to the owner.

  • Administered locally
    • Serves the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
    • Builds partnerships with private landlords
    • Federally funded by HUD
  • Expands affordable rental choices
    • Access to decent, safe, quality living conditions
    • Tenant rent portion based on income
    • Eligibility depends on income

HRHA has 883 vouchers. Some are designated for specific populations including homeless veterans, disabled persons, and families participating in unification programs.

Rent Calculator

Use this tool to determine if the rent will be affordable. Affordable rent means that the tenant can afford their portion and is not an automatic approval. Rent must also be comparable, lease must be approved, and unit must meet housing quality standards.

How To Apply:

For questions or assistance with the application, contact Sandra Lowther at (540) 615-5557.

Note: preferences impact the waitlist order more than the date and time of application. Learn more about preferences here.

Using A Voucher:

Here’s how the voucher program works:

  • Families complete an application to be place on the waiting list
  • HRHA selects from the waiting list and determines eligibility
  • HRHA issues a housing choice voucher and the family searches for housing
  • Family and landlord submit a Request for Tenancy Approval
  • HRHA reviews request to see if:
    • The requested rent amount is reasonable
    • Rent is affordable based on verified family income (go to rent calculator (waiting on link))
    • The unit is in decent, safe and sanitary condition
  • Upon tenancy approval, family and landlord sign lease agreement; landlord and HRHA execute HAP contract
  • Family moves in, pays rent and utilities
  • After admission to the program, all household members must abide by the Family Obligations, including reporting changes, to remain on the program.

In need of immediate, emergency housing assistance? Contact the Centralized Housing Intake at (540) 271-1701.

Looking for additional housing information in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County? Check out other local resources at the Community Resource Center.

For HCV/Section 8 Participants

You can find all the forms you need in one place! Visit the Document Center page for a Change Form, Voucher Extension, and more.

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