Housing Choice Voucher Program

​The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), also referred to as “Section 8”, is a “tenant-based” voucher program that provides tenants the opportunity to live where they choose. The Rental Assistance Division (RAD) pays the owner the difference between 30 percent of adjusted family income and a PHA-determined payment standard or the gross rent for the unit, whichever is lower. The family may choose a unit with a higher rent than the payment standard and pay the owner the difference. A family in the HCVP may choose to exercise a "portability" right that allows it to use its voucher outside the boundaries of Prince George’s County jurisdiction. This, in essence, means that a family can move anywhere in the United States and its territories where there is a housing agency (HA) that administers the HCVP. Currently, the waiting list for Section 8 is closed. Once the waiting list reopens, it will be advertised in local media, newspapers and libraries.​

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