Housing Choice Voucher Program

Rental assistance for low-income families in our community.

You can apply for the Housing Choice Voucher Program by contacting our HCV program, Margaret Murano at (401) 647-7464.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government’s major program for assisting low income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

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WHA site

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by the Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.  A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety,  as determined by the PHA.  A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord.

Federal guidelines for affordability equates to a household not spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs. The Westerly Housing Authority can administer up to 198 Housing Choice Vouchers.

For more information you can contact Margaret Murano at (401) 637-7464.

Click below for the current Income Limits

HCV 2021 Income limits