Housing

Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)


The Housing Choice Voucher Program operates and manages an Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) to assist low-income families with rental payments through the Section 8 Program. The department develops Section 8 service initiatives, conducts programmatic analysis, and engages in budgeting, financing, communications, and counseling functions to assist program participants.

The department also ensures that landlord Housing Assistance Payments are distributed as scheduled, performs fair market rent determinations, conducts Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections and re-inspections, and performs annual reviews of tenant utility allowances, making revisions and adjustments as necessary.


How to Apply for HCVP

HANO is currently serving more than 17,000 families on the HCVP program, and has a waiting list of approximately 20,000 additional families.

If you are currently on the waiting list, you must notify the housing authority in writing of any change in your address or household composition. If you do not update your information, you may lose your place on the waiting list.

Changes should be mailed to:
Housing Authority of New Orleans
Section 8 Waiting List
4100 Touro Street
New Orleans, LA 70122.

Please include your name, social security number, former address, and new address. You may also email the changes to info@hano.org.


HCVP Contact Information

Main Office
4100 Touro Street
New Orleans, LA 70122

(504) 670-3300
(504) 670-3377 (TTY)
(504) 286-8796 (Fax)

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

All correspondence should be sent to:
Housing Authority of New Orleans
Attn: Housing Choice Voucher Program
4100 Touro Street
New Orleans, LA 70122


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Click below for responses to frequently asked questions.


The Housing Choice Voucher Program was formerly known as the Section 8 Program. It is a federally subsidized rental assistance program, monitored by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program provides rental assistance to low‐income families in privately owned housing units.

Any adult 18 years of age and older is eligible to apply for assistance, unless the public notice states otherwise.

As vouchers become available, the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) will invite applicants from our waiting list and screen them for eligibility. Families who meet the income and prior participation in subsidized housing guidelines and and pass a criminal background check are issued vouchers. The voucher allows them to have a portion of their rent paid by HANO and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

# of People Income Limit
1 Person $23,600
2 People $27,000
3 People $30,350
4 People $33,700
5 People $36,400
6 People $39,100
7 People $41,800
8 People $44,500

No, we are not currently taking new applications for assistance. Applications were accepted in September 2016 and over 24,000 applications were received. We will advertise in the major media outlets when we accept new applications for assistance.

Yes. Applicants that are on our waiting list were also given the option of being placed on our project‐ based assistance waiting list in addition to the tenant based assistance waiting list. Project‐Based assistance is different from the tenant based assistance in that you must live in a specific property/unit in order to receive the rental assistance. However, after the initial 12‐months of occupancy, if tenant‐ based vouchers are available, the family is eligible to receive a tenant‐based voucher.

Currently, the HANO HCV Waiting list is closed and no future reopen date has been determined. Public notice will be given when the list reopens.

HANO’s voucher program offers tenant‐based and project‐based assistance.

Families are eligible to participate as long as they do not violate any of their Family Obligations as participants in the program, and a long as they remain income eligible.

All waiting list applicants are to notify HANO of any changes in their address to ensure that we have accurate information. If you do not notify us of a change in address and we pass your number, you will be withdrawn from the waiting list due to not responding to the appointment or information request.

Property owners with available units for rent should advertise and market their units in the normal fashion. They are also welcome to advertise their property through our Housing Choice Connect website. Interested families will contact the owners directly regarding renting the property. If the voucher family passes the owner’s screening process, the tenant’s Leasing Packet must be submitted to HANO and McCright & Associates will call the owner to schedule the inspection. One benefit to listing your property online is that potential tenants can view it via an online search of available properties. Click here to begin the process »

All units in which assisted families reside must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection as established by HUD, before the family moves into the unit, and annually thereafter as long as the family resides in the unit. The inspection process is based on the premise that government funds should not subsidize substandard housing, and that all families have the right to safe, decent, and sanitary housing regardless of their income.

Yes. All heads of households and household members must pass a criminal background check and income guidelines before being issued a voucher. HANO also screens for prior terminations from and debts owed to Public Housing Authorities. However, property owners are strongly encouraged to screen all of their prospective tenants for suitability as a tenant, whether they are a voucher family or a market‐rate family.