As a current participant in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), you have an opportunity to select and rent decent and affordable homes in the private market. Participants residing in voucher units pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities. Housing subsidies are paid directly to the landlord on the participants’ behalf. Tenant-Based Voucher participants are eligible to move or transfer after 12 months of holding their lease.
The initial voucher term is 60 days. 30-day extensions may be requested, however no voucher may exceed 120 days. An additional 30 day extension may be requested as a Reasonable Accommodation for persons with disabilities.
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Assistance Connect Tenant Portal
Request a PIN below to create your online Tenant Portal. Once you receive your PIN you can then create a portal account at assistancecheck.com
- Update Family Income
- Update Family Status
- Request a Work Order
- Search Rental Listings
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How do I find a rental property?
Housing Choice Voucher participants may search for available rental properties using the HABC housing locator tool. Click here for AffordableHousing.com
You may also find properties on the following sites:
Participants may choose any housing type that suits the needs of their family, as long as the requirements of the program are met.
What are the participant’s obligations?
- No unauthorized household members
- No criminal activity
- Compliance with the lease
- Compliance with program requirements
- Pay rent on time
- Maintain unit in good condition
- Respond to HABC correspondence
- Attend required HABC appointments
- Provide HABC with required information
- Allow HUD mandated unit inspections
- Not subletting the unit, assigning the lease, or having any interest in the unit
- Promptly notifying HABC of any changes in the family composition
- Notifying the owners and HABC before moving to terminate the lease with landlord (60 day vacate notice required)
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) is a federally funded, locally administered rental assistance program that helps low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities afford decent, safe housing in the private market.
The participant is free to choose any housing type that meets the requirements of the program. The Housing Authority of Bergen County (HABC) receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program in Bergen County.
Do not use the HCVP inspection process as a punch list of items that are in need of repair. It is expected that the unit will be ready for occupancy at the time of the HCVP inspection.
The Housing Authority of Bergen County has partnered with GoSection8.com to provide free listing options for owners and landlords. For more information on how to list your property, please visit www.gosection8.com.
Our agency HCV program covers all the municipalities in Bergen County except for the following towns:
- Fort Lee
- Cliffside Park
The Housing Authority of Bergen County(HABC) then pays a housing subsidy directly to the landlord on behalf of the participating family. The family is responsible for paying the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.