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SECTION 8 MADE SIMPLE — SPECIAL EDITION

Section 8 Made Simple — Special Edition: Using the Housing Choice Voucher Program to End Chronic Homelessness offers step-by-step guidance on finding and securing housing through the HCV program, with a special focus on helping those who are experiencing chronic homelessness. In every chapter you'll find quick tips, definitions, and Good to Know highlights, plus suggestions for building partnerships and expanding outreach.

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Ch 01
Overview of the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Provides an overview of the HCV program including its origin, evolution, and the three basic components of the program. Download
Ch 02
How the Housing Choice Voucher Program is Administered
Describes how the HCV program is administered; explains the distinction between federal rules and local policies; and tells which agencies administer the program. Download
Ch 03
Reasonable Accommodation and Reasonable Modification in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Provides an overview of the federal fair housing laws that obligate public housing agencies to make changes in their policies and procedures to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities, and includes a list of common accommodations for the HCV program. Download
Ch 04
Eligibility, Applications, and the Waiting List Process in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Explains the HCV application and waiting list process, including how to submit an application and how the HCV waiting list is organized. Download
Ch 05
Screening, Verification, and Appeals in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Describes how a household is screened for the HCV program. Download
Ch 06
Determining the Total Tenant Payment and the Housing Choice Voucher Rent Subsidy
Details how a household’s HCV rent subsidy amount and share of rent are determined, and explains other factors that affect the household’s HCV assistance. Download
Ch 07
Getting a Housing Choice Voucher and Obtaining Housing
Provides an overview of the housing search process. Download
Ch 08
Keeping a Housing Choice Voucher
Describes what is required in order for an HCV household to retain its voucher. Download
Ch 09
Special Purpose Vouchers
Provides an overview of special purpose HCVs that some public housing agencies administer. Download
Ch 10
Project-Based Vouchers
Describes the project-based rental assistance component of the HCV program. Download
Ch 11
Systems-Level Strategies to Facilitate Access to Vouchers for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness
Provides examples of systems-level strategies for working with public housing agencies that can increase access to HCVs for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Download
Ap 01 Glos
Glossary for the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Definitions of technical and programmatic terms for the HCV program. Download
Ap 02 Key Activities
Key Activities in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Flow chart showing how an applicant moves through the HCV program. Download
Ap 03 Comparison
Housing Choice Voucher Program vs. Continuum of Care Program
Table highlighting each program’s approach to helping people secure housing. Download
Ap 04 Stay Current
Staying Current on the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Information sources for updates, federal guidance, and background information related to the HCV program. Download