Housing Choice Voucher Program
Renting in the Private Market
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program provides rental assistance for
low-income families in the private rental market. It differs from our public housing
program in that families rent in the private market and live anywhere they choose in
Wythe County.  Rental assistance makes market rate housing affordable.  
Participants normally pay no more than 30% of their monthly adjusted income toward
rent and utilities.  The Housing Assistance Payment, which comes
directly from Wytheville Redevelopment and Housing Authority, subsidizes the
balance of the rent to the property owner.
The contract rent plus the cost of utilities equals a gross rent, for which Wythe
County has maximum allowable levels.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) established the Fair Market Rent and a rent reasonableness
survey to ensure that properties on the program compare equally to other properties
in the locality.  The
payment standard amount is the maximum amount that a unit can
rent for including the utility allowance.  A home selected for rent must also meet
established Housing Quality Standards.  These standards ensure that the property
provides safe, decent, sanitary living conditions for the family.  The property is
inspected before inclusion in the HCV program, and then inspected again annually to
maintain the standards.  A certified inspector performs each inspection or with WRHA
permission the owner may self certify.