Affordable Housing

Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)

The HCV Program offers several benefits to participating families, as well as communities, including:

  • Reducing homelessness
  • Increasing housing stability
  • Reducing poverty
  • Helping low-wage workers make ends meet
  • Giving families access to safer neighborhoods with better schools and
    opportunities
  • Allowing senior citizens and disabled individuals to live independently.
  • Reducing costs in health care and other public services

With the HCV Program, Spokane Housing Authority pays a portion of eligible families’ rent directly to a private landlord. The family does their share and pays between 30-40% of their monthly income toward rent so that they may budget and save. Families must update their household income information to ensure their portion of the rent payment is set appropriately.

This is a rent subsidy program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program is designed to assist low-income families, disabled individuals and the elderly to find safe, decent and sanitary housing they can afford. This is a ‘portable’ voucher which can be used with any property that meets HUD Housing Quality Standards. After the initial 12 month lease, the tenant may be able move to another location.

Who qualifies for these services?

Pre-applications will be placed on the waiting list by time and date of receipt of the pre-application and preference. Applicants without a preference will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list according to the date of receipt of the application.

Preferences are:

  1. A family whose head, co-head, spouse, or sole member is a person with disabilities; two or more persons with disabilities living together; or one or more persons with disabilities living with one or more live-in aides.
  2. A family whose head, co-head, spouse, or sole member is a person who is at least 62 years of age; two or more persons who are at least 62 years of age living together; or one or more persons who are at least 62 years of age living with one or more live-in aides.

* Preferences will be verified and must be valid when an applicant reaches the top of the waiting list. Household with these preferences will be served first.

IMPORTANT: Housing Choice Voucher applicants will be notified by mail once they have come to the top of the Wait List. For this reason, it is very important that the applicants on the Wait List notify us, in writing, of any changes in mailing address, household composition, and/or household income. Applicants with returned/undeliverable mail will be removed from the Wait List.

Important note about qualifiying for services: The qualifications listed here are a general indication of who will qualify for these services. If you need these services but aren't sure if you fit the qualifications listed, please contact our offices. We will work with you to find the services to fit your needs.