Housing Choice Voucher (Formerly Section 8)

The Wichita Housing Authority (WHA) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is designed to help income-eligible families pay their rent to private landlords. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determines the rules and regulations for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Income eligibility is determined using current 2022 Federal Adjusted Income Limits. The HCV Program provides families a choice in determining any type of dwelling unit as long as it meets certain requirements for rent limits, rent reasonableness, and Housing Quality Standards (HQS). Persons determined eligible for the program may rent an HCV dwelling unit of their choice within the Wichita City limits. The landlord retains private property rights, including management, tenant selection, and maintenance.

Participants pay approximately 30% of their adjusted income directly to the landlord. WHA subsidizes the balance of the rent. The WHA currently administers over 3,000 vouchers, with a value of approximately $17M.

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program has an extensive list of community partners who make up the Program Coordinating Committee. These persons and the agencies they represent provide support to the HCV program and the Family Self-Sufficiency program in particular.

For more details, download the HCV Overview (PDF).

On January 2, 2024, Wichita's City Council passed an ordinance aimed at preventing landlords from retaliating against tenants who express concerns about their housing conditions. Read the ordinance to find out more information. 

Landlord Tenant Ordinance 52-325

The Wichita Housing Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its federally assisted programs or activities.