Corpus Christi Housing Choice Voucher program (typically referred to as “Section 8”) provides housing assistance payments on behalf of qualified renters .This HCV program provides direct cash subsidies to landlords of rental properties in exchange for a promise to rent to people with low incomes and a promise to meet Housing Quality Standards which will be certified by Corpus Christi Housing inspectors. Area landlords benefit from this program by having a reliable pool of tenants and assurance that Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) will be paid on time every month. To learn how to become a landlord who participates in the program, call our HCV program office at (361) 889-3300 or email to


How to Become
a Landlord

  1.  List your property on or various rental websites  
  2. Interview and screen prospective families
  3. Select a family based on your screening criteria and fair housing law requirements
  4. The family will provide you with the required Request for Tenancy Approval Form (RFTA) to be completed by you and the family
  5. The family submits the RFTA to the CCHA office
  6. CCHA will contact you to request ownership documents
  7. Once all information is received, the CCHA inspector will schedule an inspection
  8. After the unit passes inspection and the move-in date is established, you and the family sign the lease and you will sign the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract
  9. After all documents are signed; the family receives the keys to the unit
  10. The family moves into the unit and payments will commence from the move in date. Payments are made on the 1st. Landlords have the sole responsibility for the management and maintenance of the unit


What are my responsibilities as an Owner?

  1. Pre-screening to decide if the family is suitable for tenancy of the unit
  2. Performing all of the owner’s obligations under the HAP contract and the lease
  3. Performing all management and rental functions for the assisted unit
  4. Maintaining the unit in accordance with HQS, including performance of ordinary and extraordinary maintenance
  5. Complying with equal opportunity requirements
  6. Preparing and furnishing to the HA information required under the HAP contract
  7. Collecting payment from the family: security deposit, tenant rent, other tenant charges for damages to the unit
  8. Enforcing tenant obligation under the lease
  9. Paying for utilities and services (unless paid by the family under the lease)