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Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) | Section 8

The Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 Program is a federal government program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, allowing participants to identify housing in the private market.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and where the landlord is willing to accept the voucher payment. Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by the Phenix City Housing Authority (PCHA). PCHA 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. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the Agency.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by PCHA 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.


The Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Plan establishes guidelines for applicant eligibility and continued rental assistance.


Project-Based Vouchers (PBVs)

Project-based vouchers (PBVs) are a component of our Agency’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The PBV program offers rental housing options at specific housing locations. Assistance is attached to particular rental units, meaning if you live in a rental unit under the PBV Program and move, the assistance stays with the unit.


The Project-Based Voucher program differs from the tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher program in that the rental subsidy is tied to the housing development or to a unit within the development.


PCHA is not allocated additional funding for PBV units, but PCHA uses its tenant-based voucher funding to allocate project-based units to a project. Projects are typically selected for PBVs through a competitive process managed by the Agency, although in certain cases, projects may be selected non-competitively.

PCHA offers 5 PBV properties | click here for property information


*The HCV/PBV Waiting List is now closed, please check back for future dates to apply. 


For more information on these two programs please click on the links below.


Housing Choice Voucher 

Project-Based Voucher 

The Project-Based Voucher (PBV) and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Programs are federally funded housing programs that provide rental assistance to eligible families based on family size and household income. When the PBV and HCV waiting lists are open, applications are taken online only. When your name is pulled, you will be contacted at the postal address or email address provided on your application.

To submit documentation to our HCV Department, please email

documents to

Be sure to include the type of document and your first and last name in the subject line.

For more information, please visit

Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8

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