How are units approved for Housing Choice Voucher tenancy?


After a voucher household has submitted a Request for Tenancy Approval (RTA), the Public Housing Agency (PHA) will contact the operator of the unit to schedule an inspection.

The procedure may differ between individual PHAs, but in general, an issuing PHA must:

  • Confirm the unit is eligible and not subject to existing HUD rental assistance.

  • Determine the unit is safe and standard using the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • Determine that the rent being charged for the unit is reasonable in comparison to nearby unassisted homes.

If the unit is not deemed eligible, PHAs must provide the owner and household with an opportunity to correct outstanding issues. The deadline for corrections would be established by the PHA.

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  • What is Section 8?
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