Housing Choice Vouchers

Private Market Housing

The Housing Choice Voucher program (formerly known as “Section 8″) 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 chooses any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Vouchers are limited to low-income families and individuals. WHA determines eligibility based on:

  1. Annual gross income;
  2. Whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and
  3. U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status.

If a family is eligible, WHA will check criminal background and references to ensure that the family will be a good tenant. The Authority may deny admission to any applicant who may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the community’s environment.

The Wilson Housing Authority offers the following:

Tenants Choose Their Housing

Tenant-Based Vouchers

Tenant-Based Vouchers increase affordable housing choices for very low-income families. Families with a tenant-based voucher choose and lease safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing.


If a person has a voucher issued from another housing authority, he/she may be able to port (transfer) the voucher to be used in Wilson.

Notification must first be provided to the caseworker at the voucher holder’s current housing authority, who will determine eligibility to port. If eligible, the current housing authority must mail or fax the voucher holder’s portability packet to WHA. DO NOT bring paperwork to the WHA Office.

Please mail the packet to:

Wilson Housing Authority
Attn: HCV Department
301 E. Nash Street
Wilson, NC 27894

Or the packet may be faxed to (252) 291-0984. Please have faxes come to the attention of the Housing Choice Voucher Department.

The current subsidy standards are as follow:

  • The head of household and spouse will be assigned one bedroom.
  • Two persons below the age of five, regardless of sex, will be assigned one bedroom.
  • Persons of the opposite sex, ages five and older, will not be required to share a room.
  • Minor children with an age difference of eight years or more will not be required to share a room.
  • Live-in aides will receive a separate bedroom.

A letter will be sent to the voucher holder upon receipt of the portability paperwork from the current housing authority. In the letter an appointment date and time will be provided to meet one on one with the WHA staff member who will issue the voucher.

Housing Choice Voucher Forms


Housing Choice Voucher VAWA Forms

WHA HCV HUD Form 5380

WHA HCV HUD Form 5380

WHA HCV Emergency Transfer Plan

WHA PH HUD Form 5383 – Emergency Transfer Request