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.

Participant briefing video

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

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).