Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)

Housing Choice Voucher Programs

Helping low-income households secure rental housing by providing assistance that fills the gap between the family’s ability to pay and total housing costs.

Hearthway currently maintains a waitlist for Section 8 vouchers. There are more ways we can help. Please contact our office!

Section 8 Means Rental Assistance

Berkshire Housing helps seniors, families, and individuals find low income housing rentalsThe program you might know as Section 8 is called the Housing Choice Voucher Program, or HCV. Using money from the government, we can help you pay your rent with a voucher.

How It Works:
  1. Find out of you’re eligible
  2. Then, apply for your voucher
  3. There may be a waiting list, so call us to find out
  4. If you’re approved we’ll notify you via email
  5. You’ll meet with us and we’ll explain the program to you

More Answers to Questions

Watch this 7-minute video to learn more about the Housing Choice Voucher Program, how landlords benefit from working with renters who use vouchers, and how to participate in the program.

Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP)

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development provides funds for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program. MRVP offers both tenant-based and unit-based rental assistance. The tenant-based voucher, known as Mobile, is assigned to the participant and is valid for any housing unit that meets program standards. Unit-based rental assistance is assigned to a specific housing unit or development. The owner rents these units to a program-eligible tenant, and those tenants who move lose the rental assistance.

Under MRVP, a fixed amount of rental assistance is paid, based on the participating family’s income, household size and geography. The participant pays the difference between the value of the voucher and the actual rent charged by the landlord. The tenant cannot pay more than 40% of their income for rent.

Project Based Section 8 Rental Assistance

Some Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers are used to provide long-term, “project-based” affordable housing. The rental assistance is tied to a specific unit for the term of a Housing Assistance Payments contract. This assistance can be used for newly constructed, rehabilitated, or existing units and is often used with other affordable housing development programs to help ensure that the housing produced is available to very low-income households. Some is used for projects designed to serve those with special needs.

Rental Assistance for Special Populations

Berkshire Housing manages a variety of rental assistance programs targeted to the specific needs of certain populations, including survivors of domestic violence, families facing possible separation from their children due to a lack of adequate housing, families, persons with mental health and/or physical disabilities, and persons in recovery from substance abuse, homeless veterans with disabilities and/or psychiatric and/or substance abuse disorders. Access is generally closed referral from specific supportive service programs and agencies.

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