Housing Choice Voucher Program Overview
The Wichita Housing Authority (WHA) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is designed to help income-eligible families pay their rent to private landlords. The US 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 a 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 percent 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.
Equal Housing Opportunity
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.
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 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 & Community Services Department, Housing Choice Voucher Office, 455 N Main, 10th Floor, Wichita, KS 67202, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. All questions should be directed to (316) 462-3700.
Shadyway Plaza will have units available for rent in 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 click the link below.
Shadyway Plaza Rental Information
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 online or fax to (316) 337-9103. Request must be submitted (7) seven days prior to the scheduled inspection.
Inspection Extension Request for Client-Landlord
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: