The Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list is now closed indefinitely, and is not accepting applications.
The Prince William County Office of Housing and Community Development Housing choice Voucher Rental Assistance Program is CLOSED to all new applicants at this time. For those Checking the status of your application, OHCD does not number those on our waiting list; the application is active or in-active. Applicants ae called from the waiting list by Preference and date and time of application. To check if your application is active please click here.
If you need to change information on your Waiting List Application please fill out the Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist Applicant Update Form and send to this office.
Features of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)
OHCD screens applicants for eligibility using HUD's guidelines. Households are prioritized by date and time of application to the waiting list. When an applicant's name comes to the top of the list, the family is screened for eligibility. Eligibility consists of meeting income standards based on household size and a local criminal record check for each adult household member. Approved applicants are briefed and given a Housing Choice Voucher, which entitles them to look for housing in the private market. Below are maximum income limits, however 75 percent of new admissions must be at or below the extremely low-income limits. To view current local income limits and payment standards, see the Local Information Sheet
Before a unit can be leased under the Housing Choice Voucher Program, OHCD inspectors check to ensure that rents charged are reasonable for the area in which the unit is located, and that the unit meets basic Housing Quality Standards (HQS). Participants must find a landlord/owner willing to rent to a household receiving Voucher assistance. Selection criteria used by private landlords varies. Each landlord uses his/her own criteria, and is encouraged to verify income information and perform a thorough credit check, past rental references and police records. OHCD currently performs local criminal record checks to determine whether applicants have a prior criminal history in the County. For more detailed information on the Housing Choice Voucher Program, visit HUD's website at www.hud.gov
Tenants will pay between 30-40 percent of their adjusted gross income to rent a unit. Landlords can charge a security deposit up to two months contract rent as prescribed by the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, and as long as they charge voucher holders and non-voucher holders the same amount of security deposit. The security deposit is strictly between the landlord and the tenant.
Following the initial lease period, landlords can request a rent increase by giving the housing agency and tenant at least 60 days prior written notice. The rent requested must be reasonable according to similar properties in the same complex or subdivision. Due to current budget constraints, OHCD allows rent increases no more than three percent until further notice.
For more information on the Office of Housing and Community Development click here.
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If you would like to transfer your Voucher from Prince William County to another locality please provide the following information to your Housing Specialist. You can click here for the Portability Request Form.
1. Locality that you want to transfer to. 2. Address of Housing Agency 3. Portability Coordinator's Name 4. Phone and Fax Numbers 5. If the locality is billing or absorbing
If you would like to transfer from your locality into Prince William County please have your housing Agent at your present locality forward all paperwork to:
Portability Coordinator Prince William County Office of Housing and Community Development 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Suite 112 Woodbridge, VA 22191 FAX Number: (703) 792-4978