Low-income residents in Fairfax County, Va., have an opportunity to apply for a Housing Choice Voucher for the first time in more than a decade.

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is opening its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) wait list for one week, beginning Tuesday. The HCV Program (formerly “Section 8”) provides rental assistance to low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities. Eligible applicants receive vouchers that subsidize rent at private properties with participating landlords.

The Housing Choice Vouchers are limited to families earning 50 percent or less of the area median income, established at $117,200 for Fairfax County and the rest of the Washington area by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Income limits also depend on the size of the household.

You won’t need to meet income requirements to be put on the wait list. Your income eligibility will be determined if you reach the top of the wait list.

Recipients of Housing Choice Vouchers are expected to pay 30 to 33 percent of their adjusted household income to their landlord, with the Fairfax County housing authority paying the rest directly to the landlord. Application for placement on the wait list can only be made online between Tuesday at 8 a.m. EST through Feb. 4, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Approximately 2,000 households will be selected from the application pool via a computer-generated random selection for the list.

To apply, you need a valid email address and the following information for each member of your household:

  • Complete name
  • Relationship to the head of the  household
  • Date of birth
  • Amount of income from all sources

For more information about the Housing Choice Voucher program, click here.

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has identified various locations with publicly accessible computers for use by individuals without personal Internet access. In addition, HCD will have trained staff onsite at various times to assist applicants as needed.

For more information on the housing vouchers wait list opening and to view locations with publicly accessible computers, visit click here.