Updates regarding COVID-19. March 16, 2020

Please see Letter from Michael Wong to HCV Landlords regarding COV-19 for more information regarding updated HRHA procedures and policy.

www.harrisonburgrha.com/covid19 is updated regularly.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program Provides Opportunity For Landlords.

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is a federal assistance program to help low-income persons pay their rent. Voucher participants pay a portion of the rent based on their income, and HRHA pays the rest directly to the landlord.

In 2018, $3.6 million in rental assistance was paid by HRHA to 200+ private landlords housing over 600 families. We can’t do this without your support–thank you to all our participating landlords!

There are many benefits to becoming a voucher landlord and working with HRHA.

  • No more lulls in leasing: Listing your units with us virtually guarantees a steady stream of potential renters
  • Independence with Benefits: You maintain your ability to act as an independent landlord, but receive support from HRHA through our inspectors and HCV case managers
    • Screen tenants according to your own suitability criteria
    • Collect a security deposit
    • Use your own lease
    • Implement rent increases
    • Enforce the lease
  • Guaranteed payment: HRHA pays the voucher portion on the first business day of each month, via direct deposit.
  • Easy Portal Accessibility: See all the payment information on our online landlord portal
  • Most importantly, you will be serving members of your community, by providing affordable housing for all.

Find Out More About How The Program Works:

Voucher holders are given a list of landlords who advertise with HRHA as voucher-friendly, but may rent from any willing and eligible landlord. We hope you’ll consider partnering with us. Here is a general overview of the leasing approval process for renting to a voucher household:

  1. An interested voucher holder contacts you directly about your rental.
  2. You screen them for suitability, as you would with any prospective tenant.
  3. If you wish to proceed with leasing, you will submit a completed Request for Tenancy Approval form and a copy of a blank (not executed) lease* to HRHA.
    *Please do not sign a lease until the tenancy request is approved.
  4. Using the details you provide, HRHA evaluates the tenancy request, and:
    • Checks that the family can afford the unit;
    • Compares the requested rent to current rates for reasonableness;
    • Ensures the lease is acceptable and verifies proof of ownership; and
    • For new landlords, requests a W-9 and Direct Deposit Authorization
  5. Next, HRHA’s inspector schedules an inspection to ensure the rental meets Housing Quality Standards (HQS).
    • Any issues or concerns must be addressed before the household signs the lease.
  6. After the unit passes inspection, you and the voucher holder sign the lease.
  7. You give HRHA a copy of the signed lease, and we give you a HAP contract to sign and return.
  8. At this point, the contract is executed. Each month, HRHA pays its portion of the rent directly to you via direct deposit, and the family pays their portion directly to you in accordance with the lease.

From start to finish, the process can take as little as one week. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us directly at (540) 434-7386.