Housing Choice Voucher Program Opportunities – Tenant Information

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher program (often referred to as Section 8) assists low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments, and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects. Once tenant and landlord sign a lease, the tenant family is responsible for 30% of their rent depending on their income, and the HCV program pays the remainder directly to the landlord.

CDCLI is the Local Administrator for the New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) Housing Choice Voucher program for Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Town of Hempstead, Village of Sea Cliff and select project based voucher building in Brooklyn.

For all programs, CDCLI oversees tenant eligibility, lease-up, annual recertification, and Housing Quality Standards inspections of all units. CDCLI is committed to the highest quality service provision to all its tenants and landlords on behalf of all its partner organizations.


Waiting List

The waiting list is currently closed for all HCV programs. When CDCLI is able to accept new applications, we conduct extensive outreach so the public is made aware of the opportunity, including notice on our website.


Housing Choice Voucher Recertification

CDCLI is the Suffolk and Nassau County (effective for Nassau County 12/1/22) Local Administrator for the New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) Housing Choice Voucher program. Visit our Recertification Page to learn more.


Porting your Voucher to CDCLI

CDCLI is currently absorbing portability vouchers.
Prior to sending the participant’s portability information, the initiating Housing Authority should ensure the household composition is accurate, review the portability process with the interested participant and confirm if they want to port to Nassau County or Suffolk County.
The voucher size issued by CDCLI can differ from voucher size issued by the initiating Housing Authority as it is based on our guidelines. 

A portability package should be submitted from your current housing authority to:

Email: portability@cdcli.org 

Fax:  631-648-5009

Once the portability package is received, our Eligibility Team will follow-up within 2 weeks of receiving the information to review the participant’s information and process the portability.

Payment standards and Utility Allowances can be found: https://www.cdcli.org/programs/hcv-landlord/ under “Payment Standards and Rent Increase Information”


Payment Standards and Rent Increase Information

The resources below provide information regarding potential rental rates and rent increases for units participating in the HCV program. 

Please read through the HCV Program Payment Standard and Rental Increase Guidance document to assist in determining potential rent or opportunities for rental increases.

Moving with Your Voucher

If you plan to move and utilize your voucher in a new location, please review the attached move procedures and information and then contact your Housing Specialist to assist you.

Making Moves

Previously known as Neighborhood Choice Long Island (NCLI)

The Making Moves program provides housing mobility coaching and financial assistance to Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) families that have children age 18 or under who are interested in living in well resourced areas.

View our Making Moves page to learn more.

Family Self-Sufficiency

HCV participants are encouraged to participate in Family Self-Sufficiency, a free voluntary program that enables families to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies. Visit our FSS page for more information and to sign up.


CDCLI has been designated as a Public Housing Agency (PHA) by HUD in order to administer the Mainstream for Persons with Disabilities Housing Choice Voucher Program, in which vouchers assist non-elderly persons with disabilities. Aside from serving a special population, Mainstream vouchers are administered using the same rules as other housing choice vouchers. 


Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing

CDCLI administers VASH vouchers, which combines the HCV program for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Violence Against Women (and Others) Act Resources:

The Violence against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA) provides special protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking who are applying for or receiving assistance under the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. VAWA protections are not only available to women but are available equally to all individuals regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

  • New Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Website: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 
  • Notice of occupancy rights under VAWA to housing choice voucher program applicants and participants who are or have been victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking click here
  • Certification of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking and Alternate Documentation click here
  • Emergency Transfer Plan click here
  • HUD’s Emergency Transfer Request for Certain Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking click here
  • National Domestic Violence Hot Line: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
  • Local Domestic Violence Resources:

      • Brighter Tomorrows, Inc.
        (631) 395-1800
        Provides residential, transitional and non-residential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.
      • Long Island Anti-Violence Project
        (516) 323-0011
        Provides nonresidential domestic violence services to LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence
      • L.I. Against Domestic Violence
        (631) 666-8833
        Provides both residential and nonresidential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.
      • The Retreat, Inc.
        (631) 329-2200
        Provides both residential and nonresidential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.
      • Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS)
        (631) 360-3606
        Provides nonresidential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.


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