DCHPA is an association of landlords, investors, and prospective owners that provide rental housing to tenants in the DC Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). Although we cater to landlords that participate in the voucher program, we welcome all investors who are interested in the DC/MD/VA markets.


We also are committed to meeting the Section 8 Goals and Preferences of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, which requires that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall to the greatest extent feasible be directed to:

(1) low and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing;

(2) business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low and very low-income persons.

- What is Section 8 -

How It Works

Program Summary

The “Section 8” Housing Choice Vouchers Program offers affordable housing choices for very low-income households by allowing families to select from privately owned residences that are being made available for rent by their owner.

The housing choice voucher program offers the individual family that is participating in the program the ability to research and select from the available rentals that best suit their specific needs.

Tenant's Obligations

Locally Administered

The administering PHA or governmental agency for the Section 8 voucher program inspects the housing units to make sure they comply with HUD quality standards.

When a voucher family selects a residence and it is approved for leasing under the program by the PHA, the family signs a lease with the landlord for at least one year.

Housing Authority Obligations

Who is Eligible

Tenant eligibility is based on the total annual gross income and family size, and it is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.

The PHAs enter into a contract with the landlord to provide housing assistance payments. If the landlord fails to meet their obligations under the lease, the PHA may terminate assistance payments.

- For More Information -



Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to discuss matters that impact property owners and/or their agent(s).  All of our meetings are designed with the housing provider/landlord in mind.


There is a monthly agenda which covers a vast amount of topics and information. We regularly have professionals, government officials, Landlord & Tenant attorneys in to discuss legislative updates and laws, which helps to keep housing providers informed and current with changes that impacts them.


Who should attend the monthly meetings? Property managers, owners, investors, leasing agents, housing providers and landlords (current and prospective).


2017 has been an exciting year for property owners and those who come out to participate in the DCHPA meetings. We hope that you can join us!


To learn more about property management and or how the DC Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) works… come and join us!


Where do we meet?

DC Housing Authority

1133 North Capitol St NE Room # 100

Washington, DC

Time: 6pm-7pm


If you'd like to be added to the mailing list, please email Karissa@dchpa.org.





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DC Housing Authority customers now have a few more choices in where to live and others will be able to stay in their homes as rents rise.


The DCHA Board of Commissioners increased the payment standard to 175% of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s fair market rent. Two years ago, the board approved a payment standard that was 130 percent of HUD’s fair market rent, which was renewed last year.


“This action, combined with HUD’s increase in fair market rent for DC voucher customers can stay in their homes as rents increase and some can now afford to move to neighborhoods with more amenities,” said DCHA Chairman Terri Thompson.


DCHA was able to increase its payment standard to 175 percent of HUD’s fair market rent because of the authority’s flexibility as a Moving to Work agency, which allows DCHA to create housing solutions that match the local area.


“We need to keep pace with our local market to ensure families have real choices,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman.


There are a total of 56 rental submarkets in the District. Before the 2015 increase, DCHA customers could rent in 15 of those submarkets. With the board’s 2016 vote, voucher customers will be able to live in 22 of those submarkets. December’s vote increased that number to 29 submarkets.


“We have been working with our customers to reintroduce them to neighborhoods that we once could afford,” said Housing Choice Voucher Program Director Ronald McCoy. “We show them the schools and other amenities in the area. We also provide counseling to prepare them with credit checks, security deposits, and other screening criteria landlords may have for prospective tenants.”


This vote also benefits property owners because they will be able to charge rents that are more in line with what they can get in the open market. This change gives DCHA customers even more choices of where they can afford to live.


Many landlords in these areas are not used to receiving vouchers and are unaware of the benefits. DCHA customers also may not be aware of all of their new options. DCHA will continue its outreach effort to attract new landlords to the program and to educate current customers about the new opportunity.

DCHA representatives also have been meeting with landlords to explain the program, the advantages of being a voucher landlord, and the procedures they must follow to participate.


- Meet Karissa -

Karissa currently serves as the leader of the DC Housing Provider’s Association which reaches over 4000 landlords and housing providers participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP). Before becoming the Chair, Karissa served as the Sergeant at Arms and has actively been part of the association for more than five (5) years.


Incorporating over sixteen (16) years of employment experience in the Housing Authority arena, she has worked in various roles and capacities to include knowledge of Public Safety, Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program. She holds certifications in HCVP Knowledge in the areas of Occupancy, Rent Calculation, Eligibility and Housing Quality Standard (HQS).


With ten (10) years of service in real estate as a licensed agent and education in property management, Karissa takes pride in helping others in many areas of the housing industry. She has been recognized and received a spotlight as a Housing Pioneer by Radio One (radio station). Karissa was also recognized and received a Certificate of Appreciation by East River Community Collaborative Partnership for her service that she has provided to residents in Ward 7 of Washington, DC.


Karissa is no stranger to hard work and her commitment to assist others is what she is mostly proud of. She continues to work in various communities with a concentration on educating residents, landlords and housing providers. Often times when she is out in the community, you can likely find Karissa riding on her motorcycle.




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