LEARN ABOUT THE
Housing Choice Voucher Program

COMPASS POINT SELECT:
THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM

DHA’s Compass Point Select team manages the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program (formerly referred to as the Section 8 program). The HCV program is a rental housing assistance solution that places housing choice in the hands of the individual or family. DHA pays a portion of the rent directly to a private landlord. Program participants pay the balance of the rent directly to the private landlord. Public housing authorities like DHA receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to manage the voucher program.

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT

DHA’s Compass Point Select team manages the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program (formerly referred to as the Section 8 program). The HCV program is a rental housing assistance solution that places housing choice in the hands of the individual or family. DHA pays a portion of the rent directly to a private landlord. Program participants pay the balance of the rent directly to the private landlord. Public housing authorities like DHA receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to manage the voucher program.

DHA is accepting preliminary applications for its Housing Choice Voucher Program, the Walker Settlement Housing Voucher Program and the Mainstream Housing Voucher Program.

DHA is Accepting Preliminary Applications for the:

  • Housing Choice Voucher Program, and
  • Walker Settlement – Housing Voucher Program, and
  • Mainstream Housing Voucher Program

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DHA continues to accept preliminary applications for participation in its Housing Choice Voucher Program, the Walker Settlement – Housing Choice Voucher program, the Mainstream Housing Voucher program and the Project-Based Voucher rental housing assistance programs during Open Enrollment, which will remain open until further notice. From time to time there are additions and deletions to DHA’s inventory of developments that participate in the Project-Based Voucher program.

All persons, including current applicants, interested in participating in the above Housing Voucher programs must submit a preliminary application during Open Enrollment.

As funding becomes available, families who submitted a preliminary application will be selected from the preliminary application database by random assignment (lottery). If a family is selected as part of the lottery, they will be notified to complete the full Housing Choice Voucher application and will then be placed on the HCV waiting list.

For the purposes of the Housing Choice Voucher Program, families with gross annual income from all members of their household which is at or below the Area Medium Income corresponding to the number of persons in your household, as shown in the table below, may be eligible to participate in the program.

For the purposes of the Walker Settlement–Housing Voucher Program open enrollment, Walker Settlement class members with gross annual income from all members of their household which is at or below the Area Medium Income corresponding to the number of persons in your household, as shown in the table below, may be eligible to participate in the program. To be considered eligible for a Walker Settlement Voucher, the head of household must be African-American.

For the purposes of the Mainstream Program, persons who are between the age of 18 and 61, and have a disability, and who are homeless with gross annual income from all members of their household which is at or below the Area Medium Income corresponding to the number of persons in your household, as shown in the table below, may be eligible to participate in the program. Additionally, preference will be given to individuals referred by a DHA-approved support service provider agency who commits to provide ongoing supportive services to the applicant when selected.

Persons per Household
HCV Income Limits*
1
$30,200
2
$34,500
3
$38,800
4
$43,100
5
$46,550
6
$50,000
       *Income limits subject to change based on HUD publication. 

 

TO APPLY

Individuals interested in submitting a preliminary application may apply during open enrollment using any computer connected to the internet. Persons may apply from the convenience of their home at any time. Those needing access to a computer or the internet may use a computer at any branch of the Dallas Public Library or a computer kiosk at the DHA office located at 2575 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212.

Individuals must have an active email account. Those who are in need of an email address may obtain a free email account through an internet provider of their choice.

Preliminary applications can be completed online only during the Open Enrollment period. Preliminary applications will be retained for 18 months.

To submit a preliminary application click on the Applicant Portal link below or go to the following web address: https://onlinedha.securecafe.com/onlineleasing/dha-live/guestlogin.aspx

APPLICANT PORTAL

Persons with a disability in need of a reasonable accommodation may contact DHA at 214-640-6815 for special assistance with the application process.

If you have any questions, please contact our office directly at 214-951-8300.

 If you have already submitted an application and want to check on your status, please access the Client Portal below.

CLIENT PORTAL

REQUEST AN INFORMAL HEARING

Watch this video to learn more about how the Housing Choice Voucher program works and how to apply for assistance.

 

RESOURCES

Here are some learning resources to help you understand and manage your account with the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Do you need to report a change in family income or family composition? It’s important to update our team when changes occur. Please click the button below to begin the process.

CLIENT PORTAL

Once you login to the client portal using your existing login and password, please click on the box “Report a Change” as shown below.

APPLICANT PORTAL

Applicants who are already on the waiting list can use the Applicant Portal to check the status of their preliminary application or update their application.

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CLIENT PORTAL:
YOUR HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER MANAGEMENT TOOL

The Client Portal is designed to help keep you informed about your voucher assistance status, rent payments and to update DHA of any changes in your situation.

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RESOURCES

Here are some learning resources to help you understand and manage your account with the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

CURRENT HCV CLIENTS

Here’s a list of Top 10 things to keep in mind:

  1. You have 90 days to find a home after the issue date of your voucher to rent a home before it expires! You may request an extension if you are having challenges renting a place. We recommend submitting the extension request 30 days before the 90-day expiration date to allow for processing time.
  2. Voucher assistance is re-certified each year. Ninety days before your annual re-certification is due, you will receive a notice to begin the process. It’s important that you respond with all the requested information in a timely manner so that you don’t jeopardize your assistance.
  3. DHA rent payment standards are modified each year. You should stay informed regarding any changes to your rent through your DHA leasing professional and the Client Portal.
  4. It’s important to be a good tenant and neighbor. This reflects on you directly and may also affect the options that future Housing Choice Voucher clients will have to rent from the same landlord.
  5. Each month DHA clients are invited to the agency’s board meeting, hosted by our BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS. The schedule of meetings can be found on our NEWS + EVENTS page.
  6. HCV clients are obligated to promptly inform their assigned DHA leasing professional of updates that may impact their Housing Choice Voucher assistance including: if you plan to move, before you add or remove any household members and if your household income changes. It is a criminal offense to knowingly give false or incomplete information to DHA.
  7. Persons with a DHA voucher may lease a unit anywhere within the City of Dallas and the seven-county jurisdiction of DHA. The counties in DHA’s jurisdiction are: Dallas, Denton, Collin, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant.
  8. Applicants who have been receiving voucher assistance in DHA’s jurisdiction for 12 months or more and who are in good standing may be eligible to lease a unit outside of DHA’s jurisdiction. This is called ‘Portability’. If you intend to exercise your right to portability, please notify your DHA leasing professional for assistance.
  9. DHA clients have an option to participate in the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, which is designed to assist families in becoming economically self-sufficient. With the support of community partners, the FSS Program provides individualized case management, education, job training and opportunities for home ownership for its participants. If you’re interested in this program, please contact your DHA leasing professional or visit the Client Portal to learn more about the FSS opportunity.
  10. Qualified DHA Housing Voucher program participants may convert their rental voucher to a Homeownership Housing Voucher. DHA has a home ownership program for Housing Choice Voucher clients that allows first-time homebuyers to use voucher assistance toward the purchase of a home. For this program, a ‘first-time homebuyer’ is defined as someone who has not had a mortgage within the last three years. If you are a Housing Choice Voucher client, a ‘first-time homebuyer’ and are able to qualify for a mortgage loan based on your household income, credit rating and debt, you may be eligible to participate in the Homeownership Housing Voucher program. For more information, please contact your DHA leasing professional or the Client Portal.

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PRESENTATIONS

These are recorded presentations to walk you through information you need to know. Please set aside time in a quiet place to view these presentations and have something to take notes with to help you remember key details.

Watch Part 1

Watch Part 2

REFERENCE MATERIALS

THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIVE PLAN

The Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan establishes policies for functions and operations that are not governed by Federal regulations for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and other special programs administered by the Authority. The Administrative Plan covers both admission to and continued participation in the Housing Choice Voucher program.

REVIEW THE PLAN

HOUSING QUALITY STANDARDS (HQS) GUIDELINES

This packet details all of the Housing Quality Standards that landlords must abide by to ensure they meet the minimum criteria necessary for the health and safety of program participants. In addition, this may also assist you with locating a unit to rent that meets the requirements of DHA HQS standards.

REVIEW THE GUIDELINES

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE HCV PROGRAM, PLEASE VISIT:

THE HUD WEBSITE

RESOURCES FOR FINDING A HOME

WWW.APARTMENTFINDER.COM
WWW.APARTMENTLIST.COM
WWW.FORRENT.COM
WWW.GOSECTION8.COM
WWW.RENT.COM
WWW.TRULIA.COM
WWW.ZILLOW.COM

PROJECT-BASED VOUCHERS

Project-based vouchers (PBVs) are a component of DHA’s Housing Choice Voucher program. No additional funding is allocated by HUD for PBVs.

Project-based vouchers provide rental housing assistance to low-income households in privately owned and managed rental units. The rental subsidy stays with the building. When the assisted tenant moves out, the rental assistance remains with the building for the next eligible occupant.

The amount of rental housing assistance is the same in both the PBV and the HCV program. The DHA PBV units are listed in the table below. If you are interested in any of these properties, contact the property manager and/or add the property you are interested in to your preliminary application on the applicant portal.

SEE THE LIST OF PROJECT-BASED VOUCHER PROPERTIES

FORMS + PAYMENT STANDARDS

Documenting information is an important part of the process for providing you with housing assistance. We know it’s not an easy thing to keep track of and it isn’t fun, but having everything in order helps ensure you don’t have issues with securing and maintaining your housing assistance. Below are a few forms you should become familiar with.

REQUEST FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FORM

This form is to be used by an individual with a disability who is applying for housing assistance or who is currently a participant in the programs administered by DHA Housing Solutions for North Texas. This form is used to request an accommodation, i.e., a change, an exception, or an adjustment to a rule, policy, practice, or service, or a modification that may be necessary for a person with a disability to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.

VIEW THE FORM

REQUEST FOR TENANCY APPROVAL FORM

The Request for Tenancy Approval is a form that the voucher holder and the landlord need to complete. This form is typically completed when you have found a unit in which you would like to reside and where the landlord is willing to rent the unit to you with HCV assistance. After completion, the form must be returned to DHA as quickly as possible. Upon receipt, DHA will start the process of determining if the unit you selected qualifies for the program.

VIEW THE FORM

UTILITY ALLOWANCE SCHEDULE (FOR AN APARTMENT/CONDO/TOWNHOUSE)

The Utility Allowance Schedule provides an estimate of the cost of tenant paid utilities by bedroom size and unit type. The Utility Allowance schedule can be used with the Request for Tenancy Approval form to identify the estimate of tenant paid utilities at the selected dwelling unit. This schedule can be used to determine the estimate of tenant-paid utilities for a multifamily apartment, condominium or townhouse unit.

VIEW THE SCHEDULE 2018

VIEW THE SCHEDULE 2019

VIEW THE SCHEDULE 2020

UTILITY ALLOWANCE SCHEDULE (FOR SINGLE-FAMILY/DUPLEX HOME)

The schedule can be used to determine the estimate of tenant-paid utilities for a single family or duplex unit.

VIEW THE SCHEDULE 2018

VIEW THE SCHEDULE 2019

VIEW THE SCHEDULE 2020

 

HCV PAYMENT STANDARDS

HCV Payment Standards are based on the HUD published Fair Market Rents (FMRs). Public Housing Agencies are permitted to establish payment standards between 90% and 100% of the HUD Fair Market Rents. The Payment Standard is one of several variables in the HUD formula for calculating the amount of the monthly housing assistance payment to the landlord and the tenant share of the rent.

DHA’s payment standards vary by zip code and voucher size which typically corresponds to the number of bedrooms in the dwelling unit. Currently, DHA’s payment standards are at 110% of the HUD published Fair Market Rents. Typically, HUD updates the FMRs annually.

VIEW PAYMENT STANDARDS

HCV PAYMENT STANDARDS FOR WALKER COMMUNITIES

Qualified Walker Voucher participants are responsible to identify rental housing in areas of high opportunity. Walker Voucher participants use a Payment Standard Schedule specifically for their type housing voucher which is set at 125% of the Fair Market Rents by zip code by voucher size.

More information about Walker Targeted Areas can be found here: http://opportunitymoves.org/faq

WALKER PAYMENT STANDARDS

PAYMENT STANDARDS FOR TARRANT COUNTY

This schedule provides an overview of the amounts of rental assistance DHA is allowed to provide based on zip code and size of home for vouchers holders who plan to reside in Tarrant County.

TARRANT COUNTY PAYMENT STANDARDS

INTERESTED IN RELOCATING TO DALLAS WITH YOUR HOUSING VOUCHER?

If you have received a housing choice voucher from a public housing agency other than DHA and you would like to move to Dallas or an area within DHA’s jurisdiction, you can transfer your housing voucher to DHA. Housing Choice Voucher participants have the right to exercise the portability features of their housing voucher. To initiate the transfer of your housing voucher, notify your public housing agency. They will assist you in initiating the transfer process.

Upon receipt of an incoming housing voucher, PHAs have the option of absorbing the incoming voucher into their program or utilizing the issuing PHAs voucher and billing the issuing PHA for the housing expenses. As a part of our goal to make affordable housing more accessible, DHA is currently billing the issuing PHA for all incoming portability housing vouchers.

Housing voucher participants relocating to Dallas, Texas will be required to pass a criminal background check and participate in an orientation briefing. Following DHA’s receipt of portability documents from the initial housing authority DHA will schedule your orientation briefing. Please ensure that your contact information (mailing address, telephone number and email address) on the portability forms are correct . DHA will contact you about your briefing appointment by mail or email.

Contact us with any questions on how we can help!

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HCV PAYMENT STANDARDS

HCV Payment Standards are based on the HUD published Fair Market Rents (FMRs). Public Housing Agencies are permitted to establish payment standards between 90% and 110% of the HUD Fair Market Rents. The Payment Standard is one of several variables in the HUD formula for calculating the amount of the monthly housing assistance payment to the landlord and the tenant share of the rent.

DHA’s payment standards vary by zip code and voucher size which typically corresponds to the number of bedrooms in the dwelling unit. Currently, DHA’s payment standards are at 110% of the HUD published Fair Market Rents. Typically, HUD updates the FMRs annually.

VIEW PAYMENT STANDARDS

HCV PAYMENT STANDARDS FOR WALKER COMMUNITIES

Qualified Walker Voucher participants are responsible to identify rental housing in areas of high opportunity. Walker Voucher participants use a Payment Standard Schedule specifically for their type housing voucher which is set at 125% of the Fair Market Rents by zip code by voucher size.

More information about Walker Targeted Areas can be found here: http://opportunitymoves.org/faq

WALKER PAYMENT STANDARDS

PAYMENT STANDARDS FOR TARRANT COUNTY

This schedule provides an overview of the amounts of rental assistance DHA is allowed to provide based on zip code and size of home for vouchers holders who plan to reside in Tarrant County.

TARRANT COUNTY PAYMENT STANDARDS

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM KEY CONTACTS

For updates/inquiries about your RFTAs/leasing packets:
LLSERVICES@DHANTX.COM

For inspection status information:
HQSDISPATCH@DHANTX.COM

For payment updates, please check your account on the:

CLIENT PORTAL