Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

OHA administers the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (previously known as Section 8 Program). The HCV program helps eligible low-income households by making Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) on behalf of the household to owners/landlords. The assistance is calculated for both rent and utilities. To be eligible for portability a voucher holder must have been a resident of Ottumwa, Iowa for a period of 12 months. Also, required is the program participants be in good standing with their current landlord. This entails timely payments of rent and utilities with no remaining balances. If there’s a remaining balance on a promissory note it must be paid in full before a participant may utilize the portability process.

Income Limits effective 5/1/2024

Tenant rent is based on all household annual income.  Income Limits per household size:

           1                  2                   3                 4                  5                  6                  7                  8
        $30,350    $34,700     $39,050     $43,350     $46,850     $50,300     $53,800      $57,250


Housing Choice Vouchers

Fair Market Rents / Payment Standards Effective January 1, 2024

0BR          1BR          2BR          3BR          4BR          5BR          6BR
     $728        $759        $997         $1,219     $1,506      $1,732       $1,958




Project Based Vouchers

Fair Market Rents Effective January 1, 2023

1BR          2BR          3BR
$672        $885        $1,102


Payment Standards for OHA Effective October 1, 2023, at 110% of 2023 FMR

1BR          2BR          3BR
$739       $974        $1,212

Listed below are the Utility Allowances for the different Unit Types: