HCV FAQ’s

How do I get a Voucher?
Aiken Housing Authority HCV Section 8 program is currently not accepting new applications for Section 8 Assistance. We have a limited number of vouchers and cannot accommodate any more clients at this time.

The Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 program offers two types of assistance.

Tenant-Based Assistance involves vouchers that are used to subsidize rent in privately owned rental units.
Project-Based Assistance participants may select from qualified units in specific housing in order to receive assistance.

The Aiken Housing Authority administers a total of 875 units and site based assistance.
787 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance), that include 88 Project Based Vouchers at Ridgeview Manor Apartments (RVM).

Note: At this time, the Aiken Housing Authority's Waiting List for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance program is NOT accepting new applications.
When the list is opened, notices are placed in local newspapers, media, social groups and the information is given to community service agencies. To accommodate the large number of applications received when the waiting list is opened.

To place an application, you do not need to bring any documents. However, when your name comes to the top of the waiting list, you will need at a minimum: Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards and Proof of Income for each family member.

But I know somebody who just got a Voucher - why did they get one?
Vouchers do become available when a client chooses to leave the program, or is terminated for not following the rules and regulations. These vouchers are then issued to the person who is next on the waiting list.

If I get a voucher, can I live anywhere I want?
The AHA jurisdiction consists of Aiken County only, and there are restrictions on where you live with a voucher. Example- the landlord must agree to be part of the program, the lease must be approved, and the unit must be inspected to insure that it meets Housing Quality Standards set by HUD.

Once I received a voucher can I move (portability) to another jurisdiction?
The Aiken Housing Authority maintains a policy that the voucher holder must reside in a unit at a minimum of one year in order to move within or outside of the Aiken Housing Authority jurisdiction. After the voucher holder has maintained residence within the jurisdiction, he/she may move to any location that has a housing authority. Please contact your case manager for other requirements and restrictions on moving with continued assistance.

How are project-based vouchers different from tenant-based vouchers?
Under the tenant-based housing choice voucher program, the PHA issues an eligible family a voucher and the family selects a unit of its choice. If the family moves out of the unit, the contract with the owner ends and the family can move with continued assistance to another unit. Under the project-based voucher program, a PHA enters into an assistance contract with the owner for specified units and for a specified term. The PHA refers families from its waiting list to the project owner to fill vacancies. Because the assistance is tied to the unit, a family who moves from the project-based unit does not have any right to continued housing assistance. However, they may be eligible for a tenant based voucher when one becomes available.