Get Started with the HCV Program

Over 14,000 rental housing providers (landlords, property owners and property managers) are growing their businesses and building stronger communities by leasing their apartments, condos, and/or single-family homes with the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program — formerly known as Section 8. HCV property owners enjoy a number of benefits, including:

  • Guaranteed rent
  • Low turnover
  • Incentive payments (for new property owners leasing in Mobility Areas)
  • Vacancy payments (for existing HQS compliant units)
  • Property tax savings (for units in low-poverty census tracts)

Want to join them? Learn everything you need to know about renting to HCV Program participant families at a property owner briefing: “Get Started with the HCV Program”.

During these 90-minute sessions, HCV Owner Outreach Coordinators will review what you need to know to succeed as a new HCV property owner, including:

  • What to do when a HCV participant family is interested in your unit
  • What to do when you buy a property with existing HCV participant tenants
  • How to market your vacancies to HCV participant families
  • How CHA determines rental rates
  • How to pass your Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection
  • How to request a rent increase
  • How to contact CHA with requests, concerns and questions
  • Recent updates to HCV Program policies and procedures
  • And more!

Need immediate assistance? Email the HCV Owner Services Department,

Upcoming Sessions 

Thursday, January 13, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  |  Click Here to Register for the Webinar

Thursday, February 10, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  |  Click Here to Register for the Webinar

Thursday, March 10, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  |  Click Here to Register for the Webinar

Additional Resources

Download the HCV At a Glance Flyer (HCV en resumen), the Property Owner Guidebook and the HQS Inspection Guidebook.

CHA also offers live and on-demand webinars for HCV property owners! These topic-specific sessions dive into everything you need to know (but might not know to ask) about CHA's HCV Program, as well as industry best practices for housing providers in Chicago. See the full schedule.