Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is no longer accepting pre-applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list. Already submitted an application? Check your status using WaitList Check.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is a Federally-funded program administered by the Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation (DHNP) Rental Housing division. The program provides housing assistance to eligible, very low- and extremely low-income persons/families and enables them to find decent, safe and sanitary housing by subsidizing a portion of their rent. This subsidy is paid directly to the landlord.
Selection of those who are income-eligible is done by the housing agency according to housing priorities. Any rental housing in the city can qualify, providing the unit is decent, safe, and sanitary; the rent is reasonable; and it passes a housing quality standards inspection. The family selects the housing it prefers, which must meet the above guidelines and must be approved by the housing agency.
Payments are made to the landlord each month by the family according to their income (as calculated by the department) and by the housing agency as a subsidy.
The term of the initial lease cannot be less than one year. Landlords retain the rights to select their residents as long as they do not discriminate according to race, color, creed, sex, national origin, handicap or family status. The benefits to the landlords are:
- Rental of vacant units
- The landlord selects the residents and retains management
- HUD contracts directly with the landlord for a specified time
- Assurance of receiving the housing assistance payment covering a portion of the rent on a regular basis