Tenant FAQs

What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally funded, locally administered rental assistance program that helps low-income families, the elderly and the disabled afford decent, safe housing in the private market. The participant is free to choose any housing type that meets the requirements of the program. Baltimore Housing receives funds from HUD to administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program in Baltimore City. We disperse over 11,000 housing choice vouchers throughout the City, surrounding counties, and nation.

How does the program work for a family?

After having qualified for the program, the family receives a housing voucher. The family then is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit where the owner agrees to rent under the program. (This unit may include the family's present residence.) Baltimore Housing then pays a housing subsidy directly to the landlord on behalf of the participating family. The family is responsible for paying the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

Who can get a Housing Choice Voucher?

The program assists mostly very low-income families in Baltimore. The program takes families from its waiting list, determines the amount of assistance they will receive, and gives them a Voucher. The voucher term is for a maximum of 180 days with an additional 30 days provided as a reasonable accommodation for a person with a disability.