The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV)
This is a Federal program for assisting low and very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing (that they choose) in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses or apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. The program also allows its participants to use the voucher after the first year of admissions (if the applicant was not a current resident of Clark County when they applied) anywhere in the Nation. This segment of the program is entitled Portability. The term Section 8 is used to describe the various Housing Choice Voucher Programs.
The SNRHA administers 10,149 Housing Choice Vouchers that allow families to rent in the private market and receive a subsidy towards their rent. With this assistance, residents are able to pay approximately 30-40 percent of their annual adjusted income toward rent, while the SNRHA pays the remainder. The SNRHA helps provide housing to approximately 38,000 people under this program.
Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority (SNRHA). The SNRHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.
A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence if it meets program requirements. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety as determined by the SNRHA. The rent must be verified by SNRHA as reasonable. The family cannot pay more than 40% of their adjusted income during the first year of the lease.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord/owner directly by the SNRHA via direct deposit on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by the SNRHA based on the total annual gross income and family size. Participation in this program is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status as defined by HUD. In general, the family's income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, the SNRHA must provide 75 percent of its vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income (Federal extremely-low category). Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location (SNRHA income limits).
Project Based Voucher Program
These developments are privately owned. The Housing Authority determines initial eligibility and maintains the waiting list. The owner of these properties will make the final decision to accept or reject an applicant as a tenant.
- The Juan Garcia property is privately owned and includes units from 1 to 4 bedrooms. The subsidies are tied to the actual units.
- Coronado Drive Apartments has 30 units and includes 1 to 2 bedrooms for seniors/disabled families only.
Applicants must be currently on the Project-Based waiting list. These developments have additional restrictions on their units. Therefore, after SNRHA eligibility is determined, management at each site will also determine their program eligibility.
The Family Unification Program provides Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance to families whose lack of adequate housing is a primary cause of separation, or imminent separation, of a child or children from their families.
The Family Unification Program (FUP) provides Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance to families whose lack of adequate housing is a primary cause of the separation or imminent separation, of a child or children from their families. FUP assistance is provided to eligible families so that children will not be separated from their parents because of lack of permanent, safe, decent, and sanitary housiing.
Eligible families must be referred by the County of Clark’s Department of Family Services (DFS). No applications can be submitted directly to SNRHA by individuals. If applicants are on the current HCV wait list, we will refer you to DFS for a referral for these specific vouchers. Please contact Clark County of Department of Family Services (DFS) for referral information.
Number of Participants: 300
Clark County provides funding to SNRHA to support the subsidy of a Look-A-Like Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program. The program provides rental assistance to persons identified and referred to SNRHA by partnering agencies. Referrals must be homeless (with or without disabilities). SNRHA does not accept applications for this program without a direct referral from community agencies listed below that provide case management. These organizations are:
Lutheran Social Services of Nevada
51 N. Pecos Rd, Suites 109-113
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 639 -1730
HELP of Southern Nevada
1640 E. Flamingo Rd # 100
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Mojave Mental Health
4000 East Charleston Suite B-230
Las Vegas, NV 89104
West Owens Avenue
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
This program provides up to two years of rental assistance for referred applicants who meet eligibility criteria, including a criminal screening. SNRHA does not have applications available for this program. Please contact one of the agencies above to receive information regarding their application, eligibility criteria, intake and referral process.
The Department of Housing Services wants to help homeless US Military Veterans obtain, and retain, permanent housing. To help us meet this goal, we now offer rental assistance through a unique new program called VASH. The HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (VASH) provides rental assistance vouchers specifically targeted to homeless veterans. Public housing authorities such as ours, work closely with Veteran Affairs Centers to manage the program. In addition to the rental assistance, VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans Centers provides supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans.
The Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority (SNRHA) has received an award for 630 VASH vouchers during the last seven years to serve homeless veteran households. If you are a homeless veteran, we encourage you to consider enrolling in this program by contacting our local Veteran Office at (702) 636-4077. Be advised that you cannot apply directly with the Housing Authority. All applicants must be referred by the Veteran's Administration staff.
The household must be homeless and include at least one US Military Veteran. Single persons, couples, and families with children are eligible to apply and MUST be referred to the Housing Authority by VA staff.
Other eligibility criteria:
Income: Total household income must not be more than 50% of the Area Median Income (also called "Very Low Income"). Currently, this limit is $22,800 for a 1-person household, $26,050 for a 2-person household and 29,300 for a 3-person household. A complete listing of the Very Low Income limits can be found under the heading "HUD Program Income Limits" on HUD's website or at snvrha.org.
Homeless: The household must lack a fixed, regular, night time residence, or be residing in a emergency shelter, or be residing in a place not meant for habitation (such as a car, tent, abandoned building, or substandard housing that does not provide adequate shelter). Homelessness must be verified by a third party, such as a social service agency, Veterans Services Officer, or other knowledgeable professional.
Engagement with Services: The Veteran must be willing to engage in services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, through the VA Health Care Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Department located at 926 West Owens, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106. The phone number is:(702) 626-4077.
Criminal background check: Sex offenders subject to lifetime registration are not eligible for this program. There are no other criminal background criteria for the VASH program.
To Apply for the HUD-VASH Program
Go to the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Veterans Office located at 926 West Owens, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106. VA staff will assist you with the application and determine initial eligibility for a referral to the Housing authority. Please bring a copy of your DD 214 (preferable) or other ID. If you do not have your DD 214 or other ID, staff at the VA will assist you in obtaining these documents and all other information that you will need.
At the HCHV Community Center, ask for a Social Worker, who will then enter a consult and provide whatever additional resources are available.
If it appears you are eligible for the VASH program, you will be referred to the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority for screening.
Housing Choice Voucher Relocations
For an overview on porting into our Section 8 Program from another PHA (Public Housing Authority), see the following documents:
- S8 Incoming Ports
Info. Please take note: Our agency is currently billing
- Portability Request Form - Please download and print this form if you want to Port out of Clark County. More information is available below regarding porting in or out of Las Vegas/Clark County.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Families will not be permitted to exercise portability during the 12 month period after admission to the program. If the family owes monies to the Housing Authority, the balance must be paid in full or the transfer will be denied. Families in violation of their family obligations will not be permitted to transfer out of Clark County.
- It is the family's responsibility to contact and determine which
Housing Authority they elect to port to (the Receiving Housing Authority
- RHA). SNRHA can assist with providing contact information and may,
according to funding availability, require verification from the RHA
to determine if they are billing or absorbing port-ins.
- A valid Vacate Notice must be served by either the owner or the family
ensuring that all parties are notified in writing before the family
moves from the unit.
- You must submit a "Request to Port" with vacate notice attached to the SNRHA only after you have served or received a vacate notice to move, but before you actually move out of the unit. If you have completed 1 & 2, we will schedule a transfer appointment for you. The "Request to Port Application" is located under "Related Documents" at the bottom of this page.
Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority
Housing Choice Department
380 N. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Phone (702) 922-6926, Fax (702) 383-0801
Below is a brief listing of the contact information for other housing authorities nearby; Please contact our office for additional contacts.
County of Los Angeles Housing Authority
12131 Telegraph Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: (562) 347-4663
City of Los Angeles Housing Authority
2500 Wilshire Blvd Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Phone: (213) 252-1282
City of Phoenix Housing Authority
830 Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: (602) 534-7645
City of Reno Housing Authority
1525 East Ninth Street
Reno, NV 89512
Phone: (775) 329-3630
- Attend your porting appointment.
- A Housing Choice Voucher will be issued to the family and the required documentation will be mailed to the Receiving Housing Authority (RHA).
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The family is in jeopardy of losing their Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 assistance when they fail to follow the HA's transfer procedures.
You must submit an "Intent to Vacate" signed by you and the owner/manager to the SNRHA Housing Authority only after you have served or received a vacate notice to move or you elect not to renew your lease, but before you actually move out of the unit. You are to call your caseworker to schedule an appointment to submit your notice.
Attend your scheduled transfer appointment. At this appointment, you will receive instructions on the rest of the process, including being issued a voucher and new Request for Tenancy Packet. You will also be required to complete a new Continued Occupancy Form unless you have completed one within 60 days of your appointment.
The Payment Standards are the maximum amount of subsidy that the Housing Authority is allowed to pay on behalf of our clients for rental assistance according to their bedroom size. It is based on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Fair Market Rent Study. The income limits are HUD's established limits for initial income eligibility. Extremely-low and low-income is for Section 8 –Housing Choice Voucher Program. Low-income is for Public Housing. Income limits are established by the number of family members in the household at the time of admission into the program for which they have applied.
Reporting Changes in Household or Income:
If you have any changes in your household composition, including marriage or birth of a child, you must report this change in writing within 10 calendar days of the change to your caseworker. Please Do Not Call, as that will not be considered as reporting the change. Caseworkers cannot accept changes over the phone. Please attach copies of the birth certificate, marriage license, or other related documents.
- Please complete this form: Report
of change in Income/Family Composition and return by mail. Put your caseworker's name on the outside of the
- All income changes must also be reported within 10 Calendar Days
in Writing. Please attach copies of pay stubs (at least 2) if you get
a new job or a raise. If you lose your job, attach your original termination
or layoff notice. Please ensure that your employer's address is on these
- Please mail these documents in with the completed change notice.
Keep copies of anything you submit to our agency for future reference.
- Please remember that failure to report changes will result in the termination of your assistance!
Helpful Hints to Keep Your Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Assistance:
SNRHA has developed this "Helpful Hints Brochure" as a tool to assist you in being a successful Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) participant.
En Español: SNRHA creo este "Folleto de Consejos Provechosos" como un instrumento parayudarle en tener exito como un participante de la Seccion8.
Deconcentration Brochure - The Housing Choice Voucher Program allows you to select units of your choice. Shop wisely to ensure that you and your family locate a unit that best meets your needs. Here is our Deconcentration/Mobility Brochure that will assist you in making informed decisions.
It is our goal to assist all clients with every resource available to ensure not only your success in the program but also to provide you with tools to achieve self-sufficiency. Below are some links to information that may be helpful. Please contact our office if you have questions or require additional assistance.
- Housing Choice Voucher Newsletter February 2013
- Resource Guide –There is Help in Our Community!
- Guia Recursos – (Spanish Resource Guide)
- Section 3 – What is Section 3?
- Section 3 - Application – Call (702) 922-6950.
- Tenant Newsletter September 2010
- Tenant Newsletter March 2011
- Brochure with Helpful Hints to Keep Your HCV Assistance
- Tenant Denial/Termination Policy
- Informal Review Policy and Form
- Understanding the Eviction Process
- HUD’s Bad Debt Form
- What You Should Know About Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) - Call (702) 922-6950.
- SNRHA Admin Plan 2012 - Call (702) 922-6950.
List your Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) rental on the GoSection8.com website , paid for by the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority. GoSection8.com is a national database of Section 8 - HCV rental units which allows clients to search for Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) rentals. It also allows owners and landlords to list their properties online. Click the Online Services link for more information on this service and other online services brought to you by the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority.
Online Landlord Vendor Payment Ledgers:
Online Landlord Vendor Payment Ledger information at your fingertips will be available through our new HAPCheck Web Service.
Information and Updates:
The Land Lord Brief (updated quarterly newsletter) will keep you posted on the latest from the land lord housing front.
This collection of information is authorized under Section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act of l937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f). The information is used to determine if a unit meets the housing quality standards of the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program. Click here to download form HUD-52580-A.
To authorize and request the SNRHA to deposit Housing Assistance Payments automatically to your account, you can download, fill out and submit the Automatic Deposit Form.
Intent to Vacate:
Both the tenant and the owner/manager MUST sign this form prior to the tenant vacating the unit. The tenant MUST provide a minimum of a 30-day written notice to their owner/manager or whatever timeline is noted within the lease. If this pertains to you, please fill out and submit the Intent to Vacate Form. If you decide to extend this notice to a date after the date on the notice, you must notify SNRHA staff in writing prior to the date.
Housing Choice Voucher Owner’s Guide:
SNRHA has developed the attached brochure to assist you in understanding this program. After you review, please contact our office at (702) 922-6906 if you have additional questions. See the HCV Owner’s Guide.
It is our goal to provide our Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) owners and management team with every resource to ensure that you understand the program policies and have easy access to tools and information. Here are some items that should be useful.
- Housing Choice Voucher Newsletter February 2013
- Transfer of Ownership Packet
- Request for Tenancy Approval Packet (RFTA)
- W9 Form - E-Mail our Financial Analyst
- W8 Form
- Request for Rent Adjustment – For an adjustment in rent, please download this form and return via mail or fax at least 60 days prior to your Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) anniversary date. Be advised that per HUD regulations, SNRHA is required to complete another rent reasonableness test. If you request an adjustment to increase rent, and rents have actually decreased below the current contract amount in the area your unit is
located, your contract rent will be decreased at the anniversary.
- Online Services
- Landlord/Tenant Guide Brochure
- Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Policy. Call (702) 922-6900.
- Boulder Utility Allowance Schedule 2013
- Clark County Utility Allowance Schedule 2013
- Mesquite Utility Allowance Schedule 2013