Housing Choice Voucher

What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, the nation’s largest rental assistance program, helps low-income families, the elderly and the disabled rent decent, safe and sanitary housing units in the private market. Each year, HCVs help lift more than one million people nation-wide out of poverty and give families the opportunity to move to safer, less poor neighborhoods. The HCV program offers a number of benefits to participating families, as well as communities as a whole, including:

  • Reducing homelessness
  • Increasing housing stability
  • Reducing poverty
  • Helping low-wage workers make ends meet
  • Giving families access to safer neighborhoods with better schools and opportunities
  • Allowing senior citizens and disabled individuals to live independently
  • Reducing costs in health care and other public services

How Does A Housing Choice Voucher Work?

The HCV program was designed to expand housing choices for low-income families by allowing them to search for rental housing in the private market. Once a low-income family is invited to participate in the program, the HACP issues that family a housing voucher. The voucher identifies the size of unit the family qualifies for, as well as the maximum amount of monthly rent the family can afford to pay. Using the voucher information as a guideline, the voucher holder then searches for an affordable rental unit that best matches their family’s housing needs

What is the Relationship Between Program Participants, Property Owners and the HACP?  

The HCV program is best viewed as three separate partnerships: one between the HACP and program participants, another partnership between the HACP and property owners, and a third partnership between the property owner and their HCV program tenant family.

Useful Information for Landlords and Property Owners

Landlords working with the HACP Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) or interested in working with HACP can view the Authority’s
Landlord Resources Page for more detailed information about the program.

HACP HCV Department Contact Information

200 Ross Street, 7th Floor

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

General Number: 412-456-5090

FAX: 412-456-5024

HCV Department

Daniel Conge, Program Manager

412-456-5000, Ext. 4002


Jennifer M. Hayes, Executive Assistant

412-456-5000, Ext. 4023


Daniel Grantham, Portability Representative

412-456-5000, Ext. 4032


Natalie Lopez, Portability Representative

412-456-5000, Ext. 4030


Christine Oliver, Portability Representative

412-456-5000, Ext. 4030


HCV Department Housing Counselors

Evelyn Denning, Housing Counselor

412-456-5000, Ext. 4006


Donna Freeman, Housing Counselor

412-456-5000, Ext. 4033


Jimmese Glenn, Housing Counselor

412-456-5000, Ext. 4021


Celia Larue, Housing Counselor

412-456-5000, Ext. 2254


Makala McGinnis, Housing Counselor

412-456-5000, Ext. 4007


Laura Mitchell-Dendy, Housing Counselor

412-456-5000, Ext. 4027


April Preston, Housing Counselor

412-456-5000, Ext. 4035


Theresa Seibert, Housing Counselor

412-456-5000, Ext. 4042


Lorne Shields, Housing Counselor

412-456-5000, Ext. 4024


Tamika Weldon, Housing Counselor

412-456-5000, Ext. 4041


HCV Department Inspection Division

Yolanda Peterson, Inspection Scheduling

412-456-5000, Ext. 4020


Landlord Outreach Team

Kent Zelesky, Landlord Specialist

412-456-5000, Ext. 4034


Brenda Lawson, Operation Scheduler

412-456-5000, Ext. 4009


Diane Jankowski, Support and Service Specialist

412-456-5000, Ext. 4017


Valerie Toropin, RFTA Processing

412-456-5000, Ext. 4040


Deanna Richards, RFTA Processing

412-456-5000, Ext. 4040