Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV)

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, formerly known as Section 8, offers low-income households an opportunity to lease privately owned rental housing at an affordable rate. This program, administered by Lake MHA, helps bridge the housing gap between landlords and low-income tenants by subsidizing the difference between property rents and the amount that the household can pay, based upon their income and payment standard or voucher size.


Please do not call the Housing Authority to inquire as to where you are on the HCV or Multifamily waiting list or when you will receive a housing offer. We are unable to accurately predict when you will receive a housing offer(s).

ALL changes to your original application MUST be sent or delivered to our office in writing. Our mailing address is Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority 189 First Street, Painesville, Ohio 44077. The fax number is 440-354-5008. Please indicate either the HCV or PH waiting list when sending your information.

To change or update contact information or for other changes, please use this form.

The chart below is a summary of the 2022 Income Limits for Lake County as declared by HUD:

Income Limits for 2022-effective 4/18/22

Very Low (50%)
Income Limits
Extremely Low
(30%) Income Limits
Low (80%)
Income Limits
1 Person$29,900$17,950$47,850
2 Person$34,200$20,500$54,650
3 Person$38,450$23,050$61,500
4 Person$42,700$27,750$68,300
5 Person$46,150$32,470$73,800
6 Person$49,550$37,190$79,250
7 Person$52,950$41,910$84,700
8 Person$56,400$46,630$90,200

2023 Payment Standards (PIH Notice 2022-30)

Effective January 1, 2023, through January 31, 2023

110% of the 2023 FMRs

0 Bedroom $790.00
1 Bedroom $902.00
2 Bedroom $1097.00
3 Bedroom $1425.00
4 Bedroom $1505.00
5 Bedroom $1731.00


Effective February 1, 2023, through December 31, 2023

120% of the 2023 FMRs

0 Bedroom $862.00
1 Bedroom $984.00
2 Bedroom $1197.00
3 Bedroom $1555.00
4 Bedroom $1642.00
5 Bedroom $1888.00

Rent, Utilities, and Appliances

If the rental amount the landlord is seeking does not include utilities or appliances, you must include these items in determining the gross rent (requested rent plus the utilities) of the unit. You will find the figures on the corresponding Utility Allowance sheets that were included in your briefing packet. Please make sure that you are using the correct Utility Allowance sheet (“city of Painesville”/ “outside city limits” and house/apartment) for the unit you have selected.

The landlord’s requested rent MUST pass a “Rent Reasonable” test prior to being approved by the Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority.

NOTE: The Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) must be completely filled out by the landlord and tenant and submitted to LMHA in person by appointment.

Example of Gross Rent: If the unit you have chosen has a requested rental amount of $725.00 and a utility cost of $147.00 (monthly) the gross rent of the unit is $872.00 ($725.00 + $147.00).

**The family may request an exception to the payment standard if it is necessary for a reasonable accommodation**

Waiting List / Port-in Contact Information

If you are currently on the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program Waiting List or if you are porting in or out of Lake County, please contact:

Stacy, ext. 26

CLICK HERE for more information about the portability process.

HCV Caseworker List

If you are currently on the HCV or Multifamily program and would like to meet with a Lake MHA staff member, please contact the office at (440) 354-3347 for an appointment. Your caseworker is assigned by your last name:

Michele, ext. 28

Megan, ext. 20

Carissa, ext. 30

Housing Coordinator
Stacy, ext. 26

Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)
Victoria, ext. 19

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