About the Housing Choice Voucher Program

Landlord Newsletter Launched: HCV launched a newsletter for owners in the program. Read back issues of the Owner's Link here.

ATTENTION: The Owner Briefing and Certification classes are now virtual. To register please click on Learn How to become an HCV Landlord.

PHA provides rental assistance to low-income families in the private rental market through the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program, formerly known as Section 8, was created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

The program is designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Provide improved living conditions for low-income families while maintaining rent payments at an affordable level
  • Promote freedom of housing choice and integrate lower-income and minority families into mainstream society
  • Provide an incentive to private owners to rent to lower-income families by offering timely assistance payments, a pool of families to select from, and regular inspections to ensure upkeep of the property.

The HCV wait list is currently closed. The public will be notified through TV, radio, print advertising, and on this website when the HCV waitlist will be reopened. Applicants may check their status online or by calling 215-684-4300. Please have your six digit client ID number ready. 

ATTENTION: All briefings, hearings, and landlord certification training's will be canceled until further notice: Please reference our web page or call 215-684-4000 to find out when these events will resume. Thanks


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