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The HCV Program Partnership

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a joint effort among you, your tenant, and Columbia Housing - - - We each have a set of responsibilities!


  • Perform all management and rental functions for the assisted unit, including screening and selection of tenants.
  • Maintain the unit in accordance with Housing Quality Standards (HQS), including performance of maintenance. 
  • Comply with equal opportunity/fair housing requirements. 
  • Prepare information required under the Housing Assistance Payments contract and furnish the information to Columbia Housing. 
  • Collect from the renter: security deposit, tenant portion of the rent, any charges for damages to the unit. 
  • Enforce the tenant obligations under the lease.
  • Pay for utilities and services agreed upon in the lease. 
  • May not collect side payments from HCV renters or charge more than approved by Columbia Housing.


  • Supply information determined necessary by Columbia Housing or HUD to administer the program, including completion of scheduled income reviews. 
  • Pay utilities that are not supplied by the landlord.
  • Provide and maintain the appliances for which they are responsible.
  • Correct damages inflicted to unit by family member or guest, in specified time period.
  • May not commit serious or repeated violation(s) of the lease.
  • Notify Columbia Housing and the owner 30 (no more than 60) days in advance, prior to moving or terminating the lease. 


  • Pay landlord by the fifth day of each month.
  • Regularly evaluate family eligibility.
  • Inspect units at least once every year.
  • Investigate potential fraud or program abuse by tenants or landlords.
  • Provide quality customer service to HCV landlords and tenants.
  • Notify landlord of any change in subsidy amount.