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The Alternative Housing Voucher Program: DHCD Line Item 7004-9030 (AHVP)

Expand housing opportunities for people with disabilities

The Alternative Housing Voucher Program: DHCD Line Item 7004-9030 (AHVP)
What It Is:
The Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP) provides rental vouchers to applicants with disabilities who are not elderly and who have been determined eligible for Chapter 667 (elderly and disabled) housing. DHCD’s Division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance administers this program.

How It Works:
A tenant will pay either 25 or 30% of their net income to the landlord, depending on whether or not all utilities are included in the rent; and the state’s local housing authority will pay the remainder.

Program Status:
Through September 2014, 420 households were under lease; the line item is funded at $3.55 million. The program was originally funded at $4 million in 1995 to support 800 vouchers! Advocates are seeking a $3.55 million increase, for a total of $7.1 million, in order to restore the original number of vouchers. A shortage of affordable housing continues to beset adults with disabilities, especially people who are forced to reside in nursing homes for a lack of housing.