Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)

About the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is the Federal Government’s major program for assisting low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program.

Housing Choice Vouchers are administered by RCAP Solutions to renters throughout Worcester County. RCAP Solutions receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a Housing Choice Voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the landlord agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by RCAP Solutions on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by RCAP Solutions.

Learn more about the Housing Choice Voucher Program below.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) FAQs

To apply for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, complete the pre-application found below.

Completed documents should be emailed to RentalAssistance@rcapsolutions.org or faxed to 508-519-0779

Eligibility is based on the family's total gross income. At least 75% of all vouchers issued by RCAP Solutions must be targeted to households whose total income does not exceed 30% of the area median income (AMI). HUD establishes income limits.
Please be advised that because the demand for housing assistance often exceeds the limited available resources, long waiting lists exist.

NOTE: In Massachusetts, families can also apply to over 100 local housing authorities that also administer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Lists are frequently closed due to the number of families waiting.
RCAP Solutions has partnered with AffordableHousing.com, an enhanced rental property listing site. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher families seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes, or townhomes in the private market.

To view rental listings, click here.
Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP): Similar to the HCVP, MRVP is the state-funded voucher program. This program offers both tenant-based and unit-based rental assistance.

SNO Mass Housing Mobility Program: This program supports current Housing Choice Voucher families with school-aged children making moves to communities with high quality schools, parks and open space and healthy, safe environments.

Housing Consumer Education Center (HCEC): HCEC is the first point of contact for anyone interested in RCAP Solutions housing counseling, programs, and resources.

Landlord/Tenant Support: Our housing counselors can direct you to information about Massachusetts landlord-tenant laws, home modifications, utility security, security deposit laws, eviction laws/rights, and more. If you have a question related to your rights/responsibilities as a tenant, we're here to help.

Financial Assistance Programs: Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT), Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA), and the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) can provide funds to eligible households or individuals which can be used to help them keep their housing, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid becoming homeless.
Discriminating against someone because they receive public assistance is illegal.

If you are a tenant who has been denied housing due to your Section 8 voucher or if your landlord has refused RAFT or other rental assistance payments, the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center can help.

Check out the flyer below or visit www.massfairhousing.org for more information.

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