Tenant Requirements

  • Need is based on total gross annual family income and number of family members.
  • Family income cannot exceed 50 percent of the median income for the specific area.
  • Preference is given to families who earn less than 30 percent of the median area income.
  • If approved for a house choice voucher, you will then be placed on a waiting list until suitable housing comes available.
  • Your local public housing agency maintains the right to extend preferential treatment to those who are currently homeless, who have been involuntarily displaced, or who currently pay more than 50 percent of their entire income for housing.
  • Once enrolled in the house choice voucher program, tenants are required to adhere to the terms of the one-year lease, pay rent on time and take good care of the dwelling.

These are the basic requirements to qualify for a house choice voucher. If approved, it's up to you to locate suitable housing from someone who accepts HUD payments. Typically, as a HUD-approved applicant, you'll pay between 30 and 40 percent of your monthly rent, and HUD will cover the remainder.