The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waiting list is currently closed.
Over the past forty years, the Authority has conducted a variety of neighborhood improvement programs in conjunction with the City of Lynchburg and both private for-profit and non-profit housing groups.
The Authority's partnerships with non-profit housing groups have included Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship, which resulted in the construction of 18 single family homes for first-time home buyers and Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity to whom the Authority donated several building sites for new homes.
HCV Program Basics
The purpose of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is to provide rental assistance to eligible families. The rules and regulations of the HCV program are determined by the US. Department of Housing and Urban Development the LRHA is afforded choices in the operation of the program which are included in the LRHA’S administrative plan, a document approved by the board of commissioners.
The HCV program offers mobility to eligible families because they may search for suitable housing anywhere in the City of Lynchburg and may also be eligible to move under portabilityto other LRHA’s' jurisdictions.
When funding is available, and the LRHA issues the family a housing voucher; When the family finds a suitable housing unit LRHA will enter into a contract with the owner and the family will enter into a lease with the LRHA. Each party makes their respective payment to the owner so that the owner receives full rent.
Even though the family is determined to be eligible for the program, the owner has the responsibility of approving the family as a suitable renter. The LRHA continues to make payments to the owner as long as the family is eligible and the housing unit continues to qualify under the program.
The HCV Partnerships
To administer the HCV program, the LRHA enters into a contractual relationship with HUD (Consolidated Annual Contributions Contract). The LRHA also enters into contractual relationships with the assisted family and the owner or landlord of the housing unit. For the HCV program to work and be successful, all parties involved - HUD, the LRHA, the owner, and the family - have important roles to play. The roles and responsibilities of all parties are defined in federal regulations and in legal documents that parties execute to participate in the program.