Office of Housing

The Office of Housing oversees the following programs:

  • Section 8 Tenant-Based Vouchers – “Housing Choice Vouchers”
  • Project-Based Vouchers
  • Homeownership Vouchers

Please visit the
Office of Community Development’s webpage if you are looking for information relating to:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
  • Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program
  • HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

Section 8 Tenant-Based Vouchers – "Housing Choice Vouchers"

  • Increase affordable housing choices for families with income below 50% of the area median income.
  • Families with a tenant-based voucher choose and lease safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing that meets HUD's Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and has a reasonable rent as compared to other units in the area.

Project-Based Vouchers

  • Project-Based Vouchers are a component of the housing agency's housing choice voucher program.
  • A housing agency can attach up to 20% of its voucher assistance to specific housing units if the owner agrees to either rehabilitate or construct the units, or the owner agrees to set aside a portion of the units in an existing development.
  • Rehabilitated units must require at least $1,000 of rehabilitation per unit to be subsidized, and all units must meet HUD housing quality standards.
  • Owners select families for occupancy of a particular unit after screening each eligible family on a PHA's housing choice voucher waiting list that is interested in moving into the specific project.

Homeownership Vouchers

  • Home ownership Vouchers assist first-time homeowners with their monthly home ownership expenses. 
  • The home must pass an initial housing quality standard inspection conducted by the housing agency and an independent home inspection before the housing agency may approve the purchase by the family.