The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is funded by the federal government from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by a local Public Housing Authority (PHA). The HCV program is designed to assists low-income families, the elderly, and disabled in obtaining decent, safe, and sanitary housing.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit. The “Choice” is the HCV Program means that families are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and may include single family homes, apartments, town homes, condo’s, mobile homes or other available units that meet minimum Housing Quality Standards (HQS).

A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord by JHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays 30% of the household’s adjusted gross income. Families may also use their HCV to re outside the city limits after twelve months.


Application Process and Waiting List

Applicants must complete an application to be placed on a waiting list for this program. Due to the number of applicants and the length of time an applicant must wait to reach the top of the waiting list, Jackson Housing Authority closed the Section 8 waiting list effective January 22, 2004. Should we receive additional funding, the waiting list will reopen, and the application process will be posted.



Once reaching the top of the waiting list, applicants will be scheduled an appointment to complete necessary paperwork and to begin the eligibility process. This process may take between 6 to 8 weeks, depending on how quickly other agencies respond to verification requests. Eligibility is based on annual gross income along with family size and criminal background requirements. The program is also limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.


Forms and Information