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.

For information on how to apply click here.

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.

Project Based Vouchers – This program provides housing assistance at specific privately owned affordable housing communities.

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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.

Finding Housing Using Your Voucher Workshop

This workshop will help voucher holders understand how to be rent ready, how to ensure a unit is affordable and what rent reasonableness is, understanding the application process, and the RFTA/inspection process. This training is open to all voucher holders, but may be mandatory for some voucher extension requests. The workshop will take on every other Monday at 2:30pm.

Register Here


Using Your Voucher to Find a Unit Videos

Payment Standards and Affordability (Video)

Payment Standards and Affordability (PDF)

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

HCV Voucher Briefings

Eligibility Information

Finding a Place to Rent

How to Find and Keep Housing Using Your Voucher Video

Contact Information for the HCV Program

Reasonable Accommodation

Reporting Fraud

Fair Housing Resources

Quick Links:

Affordability Worksheet

For a list of housing available to rent, please click here.

Housing Choice Voucher Customer Service Survey

Utility Allowance Charts

HCV Houses

HCV Apartments

HCV Duplex/Townhouse/Semi-Detached

Note: Utility calculations can be calculated using the Affordability Worksheet.

What qualifies for energy-efficient utility allowance calculation?

  • Energy Savings Design – The model provides for buildings that have undergone energy savings improvements with a series of radio buttons: Energy Star Certification, LEED Certification, and Significant Green Retrofit. The model is normally set to None, indicating that the building does not meet an energy saving standard.
  • Users choose Energy Star Certification, which represents 18% in energy savings, if the residence being estimated meets the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard as an Energy Star property.
  • Users can also select LEED Certification, a 25% energy reduction, if the property meets the LEED standards according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • Finally, the user may choose Significant Green Retrofit, signifying an 18% impact on energy efficiency, if the building has had an energy saving rehabilitation to any of the following systems in the last five years: Heating; Cooling; Lighting; DHW system; Appliances; Building envelope; Water measures; or On-site generation

Energy-Efficient UA Chart

Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMR)

HCV Payment Standard Handout – 12-2023

EHV Payment Standard Handout – 12-2023

HUD Notice PIH-2018-01

Opportunity Zip Codes Map

Q & A for Landlords

Q & A for Participants

Online Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA)

You can now complete a Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) online! Visit rfta.shra.org to start.

The RFTA packet is the formal documentation that is completed to begin the lease-up process with the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program.

The Landlord will start the process by going to rfta.shra.org. Landlords will then complete the online RFTA which takes about 20 minutes.

 The Resident will want to provide the Landlord their:

  • TCode
  • First and Last Name
  • Phone number
  • Email address (important since this is how Resident’s will sign!)

Port In/ Port Out Procedures

The Sacramento County Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is currently billing for 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:

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

Portability packets can be emailed to:

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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