Housing Choice Voucher Program

This federal program provides rent subsidies for very low income people who find their own housing in private homes and apartment buildings. MSHDA administers approximately 28,000 Housing Choice Vouchers. Renters can find more information in our “Guidelines for Tenants” brochure. Landlords can find more information in our “Landlord Guidelines” brochure.

HUD regulations encourage applicants with Housing Choice Vouchers to look for housing outside of concentrated areas, maps are available to identify those areas.

Please see the HCV Waiting List Information page for information on waiting lists, applying, and the current status (open or closed) for each list.

Participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program may qualify for other opportunities such as the Family Self-Sufficiency and Key to Own Homeownership programs.

To view MSHDA’s policies for administering the Housing Choice Voucher programs in a manner consistent with HUD requirements and to carry out the goals and objectives contained in the MSHDA Public Housing Authority Plan, visit the HCV Administrative plan page.

To apply for a project-based voucher (subsidized housing at specified developments within the state) for homeless persons with special needs, veterans, elderly, and domestic violence survivors, please contact the housing agent listed for the specific development you wish to live at for more information. Developments and agent contacts are available in the Project-based Voucher Developments List.

The HUD VASH Program is for homeless veterans. It combines the HUD Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance with case management services from a VA Medical Center. View the following page for more information: HUD VASH Vouchers

For information on your rights under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), visit the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA) page.

For information on your rights as a participant in the Housing Choice Voucher Program to dispute an action taken by MSHDA, see our page How to Request an Informal Hearing.  

If you are interested in becoming a MSHDA Housing Agent, please visit the Requirements to be a MSHDA Housing Agent page.