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.
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
If you are searching for a new home that accepts Housing Choice Vouchers, the Housing Authority has partnered with GoSection8 to provide an enhanced program to list rental properties online. Listings are available to Housing Choice Vouchers seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or townhomes in the private market.
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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.
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:
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.
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Housing Choice Voucher Program participants are allowed to use their vouchers toward mortgage payments. Participants must have graduated from, the FSS Program - and must attend homeowner training and be able to secure a mortgage loan from mortgage lender in order to utilize this program.
HCVs are provided to non-elderly persons who have disabilities to assist them in renting affordable, private housing which accommodates their particular needs.
VASH and HCV program provide rental assistance, case management and clinical services to homeless veterans through the Wichita Housing Authority and the Veterans Administration.