Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher program (formerly Section 8) provides an opportunity for property owners to rent apartments and homes, at fair market rates, to low-income tenants, using rental subsidies known as “vouchers.” This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is administered by Fresno Housing Authority.

The process is straight forward:

  • Low-income residents apply through the Fresno Housing Authority. Qualified participants receive a rental assistance voucher, which can be used for any rental property in Fresno County that:
    • accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
    • meets Housing Quality Standards
    • has a reasonable rent compared with similar units in the market.
  • Tenants negotiate their lease directly with the property owner and pay approximately 30% of their income toward monthly rent. The Fresno Housing Authority pays the remainder directly to the property owner.
  • Property owners use their own lease agreements and screening criteria. Other than relying on Fresno Housing for the balance of rent each month, the tenant-landlord relationship is the same as for any other renter.

The Housing Choice Voucher program contributes nearly 80 million dollars to the Fresno County economy annually through direct housing assistance payments (HAP) to private landlords. More than 4,000 property owners and 12,500 households currently participate.

For more information about Housing Choice vouchers, contact: HCV@fresnohousing.org.