The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) is administered locally by the Alexandria Redevelopment & Housing Authority (ARHA) in the City of Alexandria. ARHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the HCVP, which is one of the federal government's major program for assisting low-income, elderly, and disabled families. Currently, there are approximately 1.5 million participants in the HCVP throughout the country.

Participants in the HCVP are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing.

Housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family and these participants are able to find their own housing via the local private market, including single-family homes, town houses, and apartments.

Rental units must meet HUD standards of health and safety. Other program specific rules and regulations also apply. 

Once all standards and regulations are met, the family will be cleared to move into the rental unit they have chosen. After reviewing the family’s income, a housing subsidy is determined and then will be paid to the landlord/owner directly by ARHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord/owner and the amount subsidized by the program.

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