Who qualifies for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCVP) Program?

To be eligible for HCVP or Public Housing, a household must meet family composition and income requirements. In addition, the Housing Authority will conduct a criminal background check. Family Composition: (must meet one of the following)

  • A single person 62 years or older
  • A disabled person 18 years or older who is not declared as a dependent by a parent or guardian or who is a dependent living in a group home or similar supervised residence (at the time applicant applies)
  • A household with a child or children who resides in the unit 51% of the time. (A child who is temporarily away from the home because of placement in foster care is considered a member of the family)
  • Two or more elderly persons or disabled persons living together, or one or more elderly or disabled persons living with one or more live-in aides
  • Two or more persons related by blood, marriage, domestic partnership, adoption or placement by a governmental or social service agency, as defined by City of Iowa City code
  • A single adult that is not part of another household

Are there any income limits?

To qualify for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, participants must earn no more than 50% of area median income.

COVID-19 Waivers for HCVP Program

Recent Guidance from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides Public Housing Authority’s with options for some daily functions due to COVID-19.  Effective January 21, 2021, the Iowa City Housing Authority (ICHA) is adopting the following HUD waivers for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP):

  • Inspections:  Inspections outside Iowa City will not be requested, ICHA will obtain owner certification.
  • Absence from unit: Allowed beyond 180 days until 6/30/21 if extenuating circumstances and approved by ICHA.
  • Income Validation Tool (IVT) and New Hires Reports; will not be monitored monthly until after 6/30/21 unless waiver extended.
  • Mainstream Vouchers: Until 6/30/21, the ICHA will comply with the statutory (and implementing regulatory) requirements to determine if applicants are subject to a lifetime sex offender registration requirement (42 U.S.C. 13663(a) and 24 CFR 5.856) and comply with the mandatory screening and denial requirements outlined in 42 U.S.C. 13661 and 982.553(a). 

Participant briefing video

To learn more about the benefits of a rental assistance voucher and participant responsibilities please view this briefing video.