Housing Choice Vouchers: FAQs

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is a federal program that provides rent subsidies to assist participants with their monthly rental payments. This Program ensures that its participants have a safe, decent and sanitary place to live. The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston (CHA) administers funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and distributes them in the form of Housing Choice Vouchers to eligible families and individuals. A Voucher allows participating households (tenants) to rent housing that meets their needs. The tenant pays a portion of the rent directly to the landlord. The HCV Office pays the landlord the difference between the tenant's portion of the rent and the total rental amount.

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A message from our President/Chief Executive Officer:

The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston was born of action on December 18, 1934 by a vote of the Charleston City Council. However, the actual permission for such a "creation" came via statute in the South Carolina General Assembly in March of 1934.

We have come a long way in our society, our City and our personal relationships. Nevertheless, the need for Public housing still exists today. We have so much more to do before we can truly say, the job is done.

Donald J. Cameron
President/Chief Executive Officer
Housing Authority of the City of Charleston