Housing Choice Voucher

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) or Section 8 Program provides assistance for low-income families in the private rental market through the Housing Assistance Payments Program. Housing Choice Voucher holders select a unit from the private rental market. Rental assistance makes market rate housing affordable. Program participants normally pay no more than 30% of their monthly-income and HHA pays the remainder directly to the landlord. As part of a family’s monthly rental allowance, HUD also includes a utility allowance. Utility allowances can be small or large, ranging from less than $10 to over $200 for a resident household per month, depending on the number of utilities and uses covered, and the dwelling unit and/or household size.

The Huntsville Housing Authority administers approximately 1,606 vouchers. With a voucher, a family is able to select a home in the private rental market. If the family chooses to move, the assistance is transferable. All housing must be inspected by HHA and meet Housing Quality Standards.


The HCV Program only accepts applications on a periodic basis due to turnover and/or additional funding restraints. After all applications have been accepted a “lottery” drawing takes place to determine applicants position on the list. Families are then selected from a waiting list after all requirements are met, a contract is executed and assistance begins.

The exact dates, times, and locations that applications will be taken will be posted on this website and advertised in the newspapers and on radio stations. For more information about Huntsville Housing Authority’s Assisted Housing Department, please call (256) 532-5679.


The section 8 – HCV department will be determining eligibility on waiting list numbers 2944- 3759 in the next 30 days!


To find your position number you will need the confirmation ID you received when you applied for Section 8 waiting list during the 4/1/2014 – 4/15/2014 sign up period.  Check the list at the bottom of this page and match your ID to the list in the left hand column. To the right of the arrow, you can find your corresponding waiting list position number.


Applicants must inform HHA, in writing, if you have a change of address!

As stated by the Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan, Chapter 4-III.D. NOTIFICATION OF SELECTION, If a notification letter is returned to HHA with no forwarding address, the family will be removed from the waiting list.  A notice of denial (see Chapter 3) will be sent to the family’s address of record, as well as to any known alternate address.
As stated by the Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan, 4-III.E.  THE APPLICATION INTERVIEW,

HHA Policy

Families selected from the waiting list are required to participate in an eligibility interview. All adult members of the household are required to attend the interview.
The interview will be conducted only if the head of household or spouse/cohead provides appropriate documentation of legal identity.  (Chapter 7 provides a discussion of proper documentation of legal identity).  If the family representative does not provide the required documentation, the appointment may be rescheduled when the proper documents have been obtained.

In all circumstances, if a family does not attend a scheduled interview, HHA will send another notification letter with a new interview appointment time.  Applicants who fail to attend two scheduled interviews without HHA approval will be denied assistance based on the family’s failure to supply information needed to determine eligibility.  A notice of denial will be issued in accordance with policies contained in Chapter 3.

Your application for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) will be withdrawn from our waiting list if you fail to provide all required/requested information.  In accordance with 24 CFR 960.259(a) and 24 CFR 982.551(b), the family must supply any information that the PHA or HUD determines necessary in the administration of public housing and Section 8 programs. And in the Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Plan, Chapter 4, Section 4-III.E.

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HHA is NOT currently absorbing incoming portability transfers.

Portability Information


The Huntsville Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Program jurisdiction is anywhere in the Huntsville and Madison County areas. A family may request to receive Housing Choice Voucher assistance to lease a unit outside the HHA jurisdiction. You may select anywhere in the state of Alabama, or anywhere in the United States that is administering a Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Porting Out of Huntsville

To request portability and receive assistance outside of the HHA Housing Choice Voucher Program jurisdiction, the family must:

Contact the HHA Assisted Housing Office.
Be income-eligible for the area you wish to relocate to.
Be advised on how to contact and request rental assistance of the Housing Authority in the area to which you are relocating.
Complete ALL required HUD and HHA forms for portability.
Portability request form
The family must promptly contact the receiving Housing Authority and comply with their procedures for incoming portable families. If you have any questions concerning Family Portability, please contact your Housing Choice Voucher Specialist.

Porting In to Huntsville

For participants coming into the Huntsville Housing Authority jurisdiction, the family must:

Contact the Housing Authority/Public Housing Agency that issued your voucher.
Complete all required HUD and PHA forms for portability. Forms should be sent to:
Huntsville Housing Authority
Attn: Assisted Housing Department
200 Washington Street
P. O. Box 486
Huntsville, AL 35804-0486

Fax: (256) 539-5982

Contact Susan Peek at 256-532-5682, email speek@huntsvillehousing.org, for an appointment. Portability briefings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 1:30 PM.

Please remember, we must receive your portability papers from your issuing agency before you make an appointment and attend a briefing.

Our current administrative fee for administrating Housing Choice Vouchers is $34.13.

Landlords should find answers to their questions on the landlord resources page at the link below.

The Housing Authority has partnered with GoSection8.com, which provides an enhanced program to view rental properties online. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or townhomes in the private market. If you have any questions regarding registering, or viewing property listings, please contact the GoSection8 toll free helpline at 1-866-466-7328.

Who Does Section 8 HCV Help?

  • % Adults w/ children
  • % Elderly adults w/ children
  • % Elderly
  • % Disabled adults w/ children
  • % Disabled adults
  • % Childless adults

Source: Percentages from CBPP tabulation of 2016 HUD administrative data