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 not to exceed 40 percent of adjusted family income. All rents are subject to a comparability study of similar unassisted properties in the immediate area.
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 OPEN.
A Public Hearing on the Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Opening of the Wait List was held on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 1801 McCormick Drive, Largo, MD 20074. The Housing Authority was able to listen to public concerns about opening the wait list.
Read a summation of Public Comments