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Housing Choice Voucher Program

Information about the 2015 HCVP Tenant-Based Waiting List Lottery can be found at the following Web site:, or by clicking here


Starting February 21, 2015, CMHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program will be open for full service from 8 a.m. -5 p.m., during the week and the third Saturday of each month.  This includes services for land lords and participants.  No appointment necessary. There will be staff available to take care of your paper work to move into a new unit, issue vouchers, conduct annual recertifications, receive pending documents requested by your case worker, and you can submit documents if your income has changed. HCVP is at the end of their wait list, please make sure your mailing information has been updated. If you have further questions, please call (216) 271-2777 or visit


HCVP Resident Meeting

Specialized HCVP waiting lists will open on June 17, 2013.  For more information use this link:


The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) provides rental assistance to help low income persons afford decent and safe rental housing. HCVP Programs are funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and administered by public housing agencies throughout the country. The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) is the housing agency that administers an HCVP Program in Cuyahoga County.


A person selected to participate in HCVP 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.


Under the rental voucher program, the family is generally required to pay approximately 30% of adjusted monthly income toward rent and utilities. The Housing Assistance Payment made by CMHA to the Owner generally pays the remainder.


HCVP Office Hours

Monday through Friday:
8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.


CMHA will be open from 8:00 until noon on selected Saturdays within the month. Mover's sessions and landlord briefings are offered at 9:00 a.m. on the Saturdays the CMHA Administrative Campus is open. The 2015 Saturday schedule is below:

  • January 24, 2015
  • February 21, 2015
  • March 21, 2015
  • April 18, 2015
  • May 16, 2015
  • June 20, 2015
  • July 18, 2015
  • August 15, 2015
  • September 19, 2015
  • October 17, 2015
  • November 21, 2015
  • December 19, 2015


The building is closed Sundays and holidays.


Landlord and Tenant Responsibilities

Landlords and Tenants have Responsibilities within the Community
It is important that all property owners become familiar with and adhere to the local building codes and ordinances governing rental properties in the community where their rental units are located.


CMHA defers to local codes.  If the Housing Authority receives notice from a municipality that a unit is in serious violation of a housing code, the Authority will accept the housing code violation as a violation of Housing Quality Standards (HQS).  Failure to show that the deficiency is corrected within 30 days will result in the unit being abated.


This applies to physical code violations, such as wiring deficiencies that may not have been identified through the HQS Inspections process, but which fail to meet the municipality’s standards as defined in the building code.


It also applies to requirements for rental registration and/or certificates of occupancy.  For instance, owners of rental units within the City of Cleveland are required under housing code ordinance §365.01 to obtain a Certificate of Rental Registration.


Remember if a rental unit is not in compliance with the city in which it is located, it is not in compliance with the HCVP.


HCVP Participants also have the responsibility to comply with city standards and laws, including but not limited to:

  • Maintaining un-littered yards

  • Putting the trash out at the appropriate time/day and in the manner the city requires

  • Keeping conversations and music volumes at a reasonable volume

  • Abiding by the city’s ordinances

  • Respecting the property of neighbors


Facts about the CMHA Housing Choice Voucher Program

  • Individuals = 34,518

  • Households = 14,222

  • Average household income = $13,963

  • % of households employed = 24%

  • Serves all of Cuyahoga County

  • Contracts by bedroom size:

    • 1-Bedroom: 18.3%

    • 2-Bedroom: 34.9%

    • 3-Bedroom: 33.1%

    • 4-Bedroom: 11.1%