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CMHA to Open Housing Voucher Wait List Lottery in November

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) has just announced plans to open its Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) tenant-based wait list, via a lottery, on Monday, November 9, 2020.

CMHA is taking a completely innovative and new direction with its waiting list process:

  • CMHA will be accepting pre-applications on a rolling basis and the waiting list itself will not close.
  • A pre-application is valid for 18 months. If it expires, the applicant may reapply immediately to stay in the selection pool.
  • Applicants will also be able to access a web-based system to update their contact information at any time.
  • The pre-application will be made available on the CMHA website, though it has not yet been released.

The HCVP provides rental subsidy to low-income families through vouchers, which are utilized with private landlords throughout Cuyahoga County. CMHA is currently subsidizing approximately 15,000 families who enjoy the flexibility of a voucher in locating housing that addresses their family’s particular needs.  CMHA will be hosting a Zoom Community Partner Meeting next week to discuss the wait list opening. Additional information and instruction about the process will be forthcoming.


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