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Housing Choice Voucher Program

The tenant-based housing (Section 8) choice voucher waiting list is currently closed.

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Vouchers are limited to low-income families and individuals. CHA determines eligibility based on:

  1. Annual gross income;
  2. Whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and
  3. U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status.

If a family is eligible, CHA will check references to ensure that the family will be a good tenant. The Authority will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the community's environment.

The Charlotte Housing Authority offers two (2) types of vouchers:

Project-Based Vouchers

Project-Based Vouchers are a component of a public housing agency's (PHAs) housing choice voucher program. A PHA can attach up to twenty percent (20%) of its voucher assistance to specific housing units if the owner agrees to either rehabilitate or construct the units, or the owner agrees to set aside a portion of the units in an existing development.

Please refer to the following link to find properties with CHA Project-Based Vouchers: Real Estate Properties

Applications for Project-Based Vouchers are accepted at the properties. To review properties that are accepting applications, please click here.

Tenant-Based Vouchers

Tenant-Based Vouchers increase affordable housing choices for very low-income families. Families with a tenant-based voucher choose and lease safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing.


If a person has a voucher issued from another housing authority, he/she may be able to port (transfer) the voucher to be used in Mecklenburg County which includes the city of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Notification must first be provided to the caseworker at the voucher holder’s current housing authority, who will determine eligibility to port. If eligible, the current housing authority must mail or fax the voucher holder’s portability packet to CHA. DO NOT bring paperwork to the CHA Office.

Please mail the packet to:

Charlotte Housing Authority
Attn: Lead Portability Specialist
400 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203

Or the packet may be faxed to (704) 336-8484. Please have faxes come to the attention of the Lead Portability Specialist.

The current subsidy standards are as follow:

  • The head of household and spouse will be assigned one bedroom.
  • Two persons below the age of five, regardless of sex, will be assigned one bedroom.
  • Persons of the opposite sex, ages five and older, will not be required to share a room.
  • Minor children with an age difference of eight years or more will not be required to share a room.
  • Live-in aides will receive a separate bedroom.

CHA is currently billing for all portable tenants at this time. For CHA's current payment standards, click here.

A letter will be sent to the voucher holder within two weeks of CHA receipt of the portability paperwork from the current housing authority. In the letter an appointment date and time will be provided to meet one on one with the CHA staff member who will issue the voucher. This information is also available on a telephone hotline at (704) 336-8271.