Housing Choice Voucher Program

2018 HCVP Tenant-Based Waiting List Lottery
Information about the 2018 HCVP Tenant-Based Waiting List Lottery can be found at the following website: http://www.applycuyahogacounty.tenmast.com, or by clicking here

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) provides rental assistance to help low-income persons afford decent and safe rental housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds the program and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority administers it in Cuyahoga County.

An HCVP participant is issued a rental voucher and is then free to locate a dwelling unit suitable to the family's needs and desires in the private rental market. Once the family selects a unit, CMHA must inspect the unit before initial leasing and at least annually thereafter to ensure that the unit meets HUD housing quality standards (HQS). Once the unit passes an HQS inspection, CMHA will enter into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract with the Owner who leases the unit to the family. Thereafter, CMHA pays a portion of the rent - a Housing Assistance Payment - to the owner on behalf of the family. The amount of assistance you receive is based on family income, family size, income deductions and the contract rent for the unit. Under the rental voucher program, the family is generally required to pay approximately 30% of adjusted monthly income toward rent and utilities. The HAP made by CMHA to the Owner generally pays the remainder.

CMHA’s HCVP office is open for full service from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. during the week, and the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. - noon, including services for landlords and participants with no appointment necessary. If you are on the HCVP waitlist, please make sure that your mailing information is correct.