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).
New City Ordinance
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.
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.
Searching for a New Home that Accepts HCVs
In order to better provide our clients with access to affordable housing and to streamline our own internal processes, the Wichita Housing Authority has partnered with AffordableHousing.com to provide rental listing services. From now on, AffordableHousing.com will be collecting information on available units from landlords and placing them on their website for clients to be able to easily find the information they are looking for, as well as making sure that the information presented is updated and correct. Listings are available to Housing Choice Vouchers seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes, or townhomes in the private market. View the Affordable Housing website for more details.
If you are interested in one of these units, please contact the landlord. When visiting the unit, be sure to take your voucher with you to verify with the landlord that you are a Housing Choice Voucher client searching for housing. You and the landlord must complete the Request for Tenancy form that was provided to you with your voucher before we will inspect the unit for Housing Quality Standards. The form should be submitted to the Housing and Community Services Department, Housing Choice Voucher Office, 455 N Main, 10th Floor, Wichita, KS 67202, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. All questions should be directed to 316-462-3700.
Please note: Shadyway Plaza will have units available for rent from late April through early May 2023.
Shadyway Plaza, located at 1421 N Spruce, is a Project Based Section 8 program that houses individuals 62+ years of age, or disabled. For more information, view the Shadyway Plaza Tower page.
Request an Inspection Extension
If you want to request an extension of an inspection, you must complete the Inspection Extension Request for Client-Landlord form and either submit it online or fax it to 316-337-9103. The request must be submitted seven days prior to the scheduled inspection.
Download and complete the Inspection Extension Request for Client-Landlord (PDF).
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that protects you from having your housing assistance denied, terminated, or from being evicted from your apartment or house because you are a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. VAWA gives rights to all household members receiving assistance regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Does VAWA apply to me or my household?
Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are eligible for accommodations related to their housing assistance. If you are a victim of violence other than sexual assault or stalking and the violence was NOT committed by an intimate partner, VAWA does not apply to you.
How do I request VAWA protection?
You must complete the HUD Self-Certification form (HUD Form 5382).
You may also provide:
- Federal, state, local, tribal, territorial police or court records and/or,
- Supporting documentation from other parties, such as a victim service provider, attorney, or health care professional.
VAWA was reauthorized and amended in March 2022, and it became effective on October 1, 2022. As part of that reauthorization, Congress required HUD to implement and enforce the housing provisions of VAWA consistent with, and in a manner that provides, the same rights and remedies as those provided for in the Fair Housing Act. Therefore, if you believe your VAWA rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO).
• You can visit HUD’s main VAWA website at https://www.hud.gov/VAWA
Call 911 if you are in immediate danger. You can also call:
National Domestic Hotline 800-799-7233
Kansas Crisis Hotline 888-363-2287
YMCA Women's Crisis Center 316-267-7233
Catholic Charities Harbor House 316-263-6000
The relocation process is required for all moves from one assisted unit to another.
In order to be eligible to move with continued assistance from the Housing Choice Voucher Program you must be a participant in good standing and meet all of the following criteria:
- You must be current with your tenant portion of rent.
- You must not be bound by a current lease agreement.
- You must not owe any outstanding balance to the Housing Authority or the landlord.
You must receive a relocation voucher to move. Moving without notifying the WHA is considered abandonment of unit and may result in the termination of your assistance.
If you wish to relocate outside of the WHA jurisdiction, you will need to complete a request for portability form.
If you do not meet all of the criteria, but feel you have an emergency situation that requires you to move (such as domestic violence or health reasons), please provide documentation.
Effective July 1, 2023, the Wichita Housing Authority is currently Billing.
“Portability” in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program refers to the process through which your family can transfer or “port” your rental subsidy when you move to a location outside the jurisdiction of the public housing agency (PHA) that first gave you the voucher when you were selected for the program (the initial PHA).
Current WHA applicants or participants wishing to port-out of the WHA’s jurisdiction (outside of Sedgwick, Butler or Harvey County) must contact their assigned Housing Specialist to start the process. Current participants must receive a relocation voucher and complete the Request for Portability form.
Things to Consider Before Porting
- If you have a legal residence in the WHA jurisdiction while on the HCV Program waiting list, you may be eligible to port to another Housing Authority without first using your voucher in with the WHA.
- If you have received a voucher and signed a lease, you must stay for the initial lease term before you are eligible to port.
- The Housing Authority you want to port to may have different rules, policies and deadlines than WHA.
- Your portion of the rent, your Utility Allowance and the amount of your rent that the other Housing Authority pays may be different.
- You may have to have meet eligibility requirements at the other Housing Authority and submit documentation to them.
- You may have to attend another voucher briefing and may receive a different size voucher at the new Housing Authority.
- WHA, or the other Housing Authority, can terminate you from the Program while you port if you violate any rules.
- WHA recommends that you visit the new area that you want to move to before porting.
- You must give your current Owner or Property Manager at least 30 days’ notice that you will be moving.
- You must have good standing with WHA before porting (i.e., no lease violations, no unpaid rent, no damages to your current unit or any other program violations).
The Wichita Housing Authority jurisdiction covers all of Sedgwick County, Butler County and everything in Harvey County except the City of Newton.
Participants and Applicants interested in porting their existing Housing Choice Voucher to the Wichita Housing Authority jurisdiction must request that their initial Housing Authority send over the paperwork via mail, fax or email.
Portability Contact Information
Wichita Housing Authority
455 N Main – 10th Floor
Wichita, KS 67202
Email: [email protected]
The required paperwork should include:
- HUD-52665 Family Portability Information Form
- Client’s current voucher
- Current 50058 Form
- Current EIV Report
- Client’s current income verifications
- Client contact address and phone number
These items are required to be submitted by the family if not sent by the initial Housing Authority. ID’s for all adults, Birth Certificates for all minor children, and the Social Security card for all household members.
The WHA will make contact with the family within 14 days upon receipt of the paperwork.
After contact is made, families must complete paperwork for the WHA and participant in a Voucher Briefing Session.
Special programs are offered to participants who want to have and enjoy a better quality of life for themselves and their families. These programs include the following:
- Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program: The FSS program staff works with community agencies to help clients acquire the skills and experience to enable them to obtain employment that pays a living wage, and reach their self-sufficiency goals.
- HCV Homeownership Program: Housing Choice Voucher Program participants are allowed to use their vouchers toward mortgage payments. Participants must be currently active in, or have graduated from the FSS Program - and must attend homeowner training, and be able to secure a mortgage loan from a mortgage lender in order to utilize this program.
- Mainstream Program: HCVs are provided to non-elderly persons who have disabilities to assist them in renting affordable, private housing that accommodates their particular needs.
- Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH): VASH and HCV programs provide rental assistance, case management, and clinical services to homeless veterans through the Wichita Housing Authority and the Veterans Administration.
HOW TO APPLY
Preliminary applications are being accepted online.
- Apply for Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List
- Emergency Housing Voucher Notice (PDF)
- Other Housing Resources
If You Have Already Applied...
- Check the Wichita My Housing Applications Portal
- Phone: 316-462-3700
You are required to notify the program in writing of address changes. You must log into the Wichita My Housing Applications Portal to make changes to your application.
- Call the Housing Choice Voucher Office.
- Phone: 316-462-3700
- Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm
- 2024 WHA Administrative Plan
- Housing Choice Voucher Program Income Limits 2023 (PDF)
- 2024 WHA Payment Standards (PDF)
- HQS - 24 CFR 982.401 - Housing Quality Standards (HQS) (PDF)
- HQS - 52580A - HQS Inspection Form (PDF)
- Vendor Registration Form (PDF)
- 2023 Utility Allowances (PDF)
- New Landlord Information Packet (PDF)
- 5a- KS004 Wichita Housing Authority FSS Action Plan (PDF)
- 5b- KS004 Appendix to FSS Action Plan (PDF)
- FSS Interest Form (PDF)
- HQS - A Good Place to Live! (PDF)
- Inspection Extension Request for Client-Landlord (PDF)
- Landlord Tenant Handbook (PDF)
- Program Coordinating Committee Members (PDF)
- WHA HCV 2022 Payment Standards (117.5_ Waiver - August 1 2022) (PDF)