Housing Choice Voucher Program


The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program (formerly known as Section 8) provides assistance to very low-income individuals and families to enable them to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private rental housing market. In Sacramento, the HCV program for the City and County of Sacramento (including all incorporated cities in the County) is operated by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) acting as the Housing Authority of the County of Sacramento. The HCV program includes both Tenant Based Vouchers and the Project Based Vouchers.

Tenant Based Vouchers – this program provides housing assistance on behalf of the family or individual and participants are free to choose any housing unit in the County where the owner agrees to rent under the program and that meets program requirements, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The housing subsidy is paid to the private landlord directly by SHRA 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. For information on how to apply click here.

Project Based Vouchers – This program provides housing assistance at specific privately owned affordable housing communities. For information on how to apply click here.

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For information regarding the local policies that govern the HCV program, please go here for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Administrative Plan and Five-Year Plan and other related financial documents.


HCV Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Listed below are FAQs related to the HCV Program for those interested in applying for assistance through the HCV program. If you are already on the waiting list or already have a voucher, please refer to the FAQ located in the “Resident Resources” section of the website. If you have already applied but do not yet have a voucher, contact us at 916-440-1390 for additional assistance.


How to Apply/Waiting List Information

Eligibility Information

Finding a Place to Rent

Contact Information for the HCV Program

Reasonable Accommodation

Fair Housing Resources


Port In/ Port Out Procedures

The Sacramento County Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is currently accepting voucher holders who move into Sacramento County or “port-in” from other public housing agencies (PHAs).  This is subject to change at any time.


Porting in to Sacramento County:

Once the HCV participant receives portability approval, the initial PHA must contact SHRA and submit the following documentation:

  • Form HUD-52665
  • Copies of income verification forms
  • Copy of the voucher
  • Permanent records
  • Copy of the most recent Form HUD-50058
  • Enterprise Income Verification (EIV)
  • Housing choice voucher holder contact information

After SHRA receives all necessary documentation, the HCV participant will be contacted within 14 days to receive an appointment for a Port-In Briefing.

  • Port-In briefings are held every Thursday by appointment only.
  • All adult members of the household that are porting in must pass a criminal background check.

The HCV participant can continue with the leasing process pending the outcome of the criminal background check on all adult household members.

If the criminal background check shows that a family member has a conviction that consists of violence or drugs within the last three years, the file will be sent to the Admission Review Team (ART).

  • If the ART team approves the family, then SHRA will proceed with leasing the family up.
  • If the ART team denies the family, the family will be denied and their file will be sent back to the initial Housing Authority

The PHA must permanently deny assistance to applicants or participants to the HCV program if the PHA determines that any member of the household has ever been convicted of manufacturing or producing methamphetamine or is a registered sex offender

Submit Documents to:

SHRA
Attn:  Portability
630 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-449-1285
Phone: 916-440-1390

Porting out of Sacramento County:

Current HCV Participants

For voucher holders who live in Sacramento and want to move out of the county, please contact your SHRA caseworker and let them know you would like to port to another jurisdiction.

  • The housing caseworker will determine if you are eligible to port-out.
  • If you owe money to Sacramento County or are in the first year of your lease, you are not eligible to port.
  • If your recertification is due within 4 months of your port date, you will be required to complete a new recertification prior to being put in a movers briefing.
  • If you are eligible to port out of Sacramento you will be given a portability move appointment.

After the portability move appointment, the housing caseworker will prepare your paperwork for transfer to the new (receiving) housing authority and send them your documents.

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