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Current CDC Housing Choice Voucher Tenants

What are my rights as a CDC Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) tenant?

As a HCV tenant, you have a right to live in safe and decent housing in the community of your choosing, and to pay no more than 40% of your income for your gross rent (plus utilities).

Once you have lived in your unit for one year, you may apply to move into a different unit. In order to move, you must be a tenant in good standing and the new unit must meet rent reasonableness standards.

What are my responsibilities as a CDC Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) tenant?

As a current CDC HCV tenant, you are required to be recertified annually. You will be notified by letter in advance of your recertification appointment. As part of your recertification, your income will be verified in a national income database maintained by HUD, and this income must match what you report on your personal declaration each year.

In addition, your unit must pass an annual inspection, as well as any interim inspections. You must do your part to uphold Housing Quality Standards for your unit, just as the landlord much do his or her part.

If your income or family composition changes between annual recertification, you must notify CDC in writing within two weeks of the change. You may provide this information by mail or fax and you should send it attention of your housing specialist. Please keep fax confirmations and/or postal return receipts for your records. If is very important that you make these updates to your information in a timely fashion; failure to do so may result in termination from the program.

In order to add a member to your household, you must receive approval from both your landlord and your housing specialist before that person moves into your unit. No one individual may be a guest in your home for more than 30 days each calendar year.

If you are going to be absent from the unit for more than 30 days, you must request permission from CDC to do so.

Finally, you must follow all other rules of the program and not violate your family obligations. These rules and obligations are detailed on the voucher you sign when you join the program. Please keep a copy for your records and refer to it if needed. Please ask your Housing Specialist if you have any questions about your responsibilities on the program.

To learn more, please read the Participant Handbook.

Who is my Housing Specialist?

CDC has a team of Housing Specialists. You may notice you meet with a different Housing Specialist each year. We do so in part in order that all families may get to know our Housing Specialist team and vice versa. If you are unsure of your Housing Specialist’s name, you may ask by phone or in person at our reception desk.

I am a CDC Housing Choice Voucher participant and I would like to join the Family Self Sufficiency program. How do I do so?

To learn more about the FSS program, click here.