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Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)/Project Based Voucher (PBV)


Housing Choice Voucher Program Details & Information

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing 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 and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the PHA approved rent and the amount subsidized by the program.

Project Based Voucher Program is closed for applications.
Those that applied to the Project Based Wait List would have received an email by June 13, 2018 stating whether you were accepted or not not onto the wait list.


Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program
The project-based voucher (PBV) program helps pay for rent in specific privately owned buildings or units. This means that if you get a project-based voucher, you don’t get to choose the unit you live in.

If you qualify for the PBV program, 30% of your income will be spent on your housing and your DHA will pay the rest.

The PBV program is for people with low income who are willing to live in specific housing units that offer the PBV Program. DHA contract with the owners of these units and when one of them is available, the DHA will offer it to someone who is on the PBV waiting list. This is different from the HCV program, because with PBV assistance, you do not get to choose the unit you live in nor do you get to keep your PBV benefit if you move.

Project-Based Voucher Program vs. Housing Choice Voucher Program

The two biggest differences between project-based housing and Section 8 housing choice vouchers are:
1.If you get a project-based unit, you will be offered affordable housing in a specific apartment and won’t get to choose the apartment you rent
2.If you move out of your project-based apartment, you may lose your benefit and have to pay full rent where you move to

You may apply for the Project-Based Voucher Program with DuPage Housing Authority when we are open for applications. When we are accepting applications we will list with local newspapers, local organizations and our website under announcements. It’s good to apply to more than one Public Housing Authority (PHA), because not all PHAs have project-based housing and most of them have waiting lists. If you’re put on a waiting list, you may not receive this benefit for a long time. 
Each housing authority has its own application form you will have to fill out. These application forms ask you to state how many people live in your household, how they are related, how much income you have, and if you have a disability.If you have a problem applying, get help from the housing authority staff — you never have to pay to apply. It is illegal for somebody to sell you an application.