Poor communication, low rental rates, and a time-consuming inspection process are among the frustrations local landlords say they have with the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Locally, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority is the primary administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program that provides rental assistance to low-income households.
While many local housing markets are rebounding, some landlords say they have no incentive to deal with the program’s burdens when they can easily rent to non-voucher tenants.
The result for voucher users: Being closed out of some communities, particularly where there are better opportunities for children.
Aware of the challenges both landlords and tenants face, CMHA, with help from the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, a civil rights and policy organization, is implementing several reforms that have had success in other cities such as Baltimore and Seattle.
Read Cleveland.com's article "Closed Doors: CMHA works to improve voucher program; advocates push for discrimination protections," featuring the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.