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HCV Program

What are housing choice vouchers?
The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.


Lincoln Housing Authority administers 2,864 Moving to Work vouchers, 20 Mainstream Vouchers and 35 Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers. Lincoln Housing Authority (LHA)  receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.


A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program.  Generally a family is given 60 days to look for a rental unit. This unit may include the family's present residence.  The website www.housing.ne.gov is another option to use in locating affordable housing. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by Lincoln Housing Authority. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by Lincoln Housing Authority (LHA) on the behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.