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The HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program (f/k/a Section 8) 

What's good, what's not, and what you need to know to ensure the program works for you, and is mutually beneficial when/if you accept tenants who receive Public Housing Assistance HCV's.    

(P.S.  This is an evolving resource.  We need your help enhancing its value.  If you see anything that is incorrect, needs editing, or simply an update -- please let us know at    

HCV Myths & Benefits

An overview of the Housing Choice Voucher program.  

Myth-Busting and Benefits Fact Sheet.  

Tenant Screening Housing Providers have options for how they screen resident applicants.  If you use a professional screening resource like CIC (Contemporary Information Corporation), which is our background screening affiliated vendor. 

You must be consistently objective, and we recommend using our Tenant Scoring Worksheet - B-015.  Other than that the process for screening is your responsibility, though the local HCV administrator will inform you of what they have found in their screening process.   
  This video, posted to Youtube, is a recording from our live event February 18, 2021.   Topic -- "Housing Choice Vouchers -- Good deal for Housing Providers?"
DMPHA Youtube for Prospective Tenants The Introduction to the HCV Program is a video on Youtube which your prospective tenant will be required to view prior to issuance of a HCV in Des Moines and/or Polk County.

If your county has a video like this, please let us know so we can post it.  

Otherwise, the program parameters are quite similar across all counties and states.  After all, it is a federal program so there is considerable uniformity in all jurisdictions.   


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