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Housing Choice Voucher Program

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the Scottsdale Housing Authority (SHA) has increased its Voucher Payment Standards for the 1 and 2 bedroom size. The payment standard is the maximum monthly rent assistance the SHA will pay for qualifying units.  Please click on the 2 documents and orange box below for more information.

2017 Payment Standard Notice

Payment Standard Frequently Asked Questions

Housing Payment Standards Information

The Scottsdale Housing Agency's Housing Choice Voucher waitlist is currently closed. Please call the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program information line 480-312-2528 for additional information.

About the Program:

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program offers rental assistance which is based upon the household’s income. Families must be income eligible based on the HCV Program Income Guidelines, which are below. The program provides affordable and safe housing opportunities for lower-income families, senior citizens and persons with disabilities. The Scottsdale Housing Agency (SHA) subsidizes the rent of eligible families by paying a rental subsidy directly to the landlord each month under a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract.

Eligibility Guidelines:

The HCV Program is limited to extremely-low and very-low income individuals and families. The SHA will determine eligibility based on the following criteria:

  1. Annual gross income of the household is at or below income guidelines
  2. U.S citizenship or eligible immigration status
  3. Documentation of social security numbers for all members of the household
  4. Criminal background screening

If you meet these initial requirements, the SHA will then process your application for assistance and determine if you meet any of our preferences:

  1. living/working in Scottsdale
  2. elderly/disabled
  3. homelessness

Housing Choice Voucher Program Income Guidelines

Effective April 14, 2017 from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The table below shows the maximum income limits for eligibility per household size

 Household Size Extremely Low Income Very Low Income
            1             $13,900           $23,200
            2             $16,240           $26,500
            3             $20,420           $29,800
            4             $24,600           $33,100
            5             $28,780           $35,750
            6             $32,960           $38,400
            7             $37,140           $41,050
            8             $41,320           $43,700

Housing Choice Voucher Program Payment Standards

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, Maricopa County Fair Market Rents.
The table below provides the maximum rent limit per bedroom size. These limits include the rent, tax and utilities for each unit.

Bedroom Size Maricopa County Fair Market Rent City of Scottsdale Payment Standards
     0                        $589                          $647
     1                        $726                          $908
     2                        $903                          $1,038
     3                        $1,316                          $1,447
     4                        $1,540                          $1,694

Current Waitlist Applicant Information:

The SHA maintains a single waitlist for the HCV Program. The waitlist will be updated annually to ensure that all applicants and applicant information is current.

You can check your status and update your information online at: to external site

Please be aware that your waitlist position number can change on a daily basis. When the SHA has reached your position number, we will send you an appointment letter for an Income Interview. This interview will officially determine your eligibility for the HCV Program.

Until you are pulled from the waitlist for an interview, it is very important you report any changes in your household income, family composition and contact information (i.e. address, mailing address and phone number.) If your current information is not provided to the SHA, your name could be removed from the waitlist.

All changes must be submitted through the website indicated above.  If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the Waitlist Coordinator Alice Sipos at 480-312-7410
or email her at

What you need to know about Portability:

Contact the SHA to verify if we are Billing or Absorbing port-in clients

Portability allows you to move to a unit outside Scottsdale's city limits and take your voucher with you. You are eligible for portability if you either lived in the City of Scottsdale when you first applied for a voucher or you are an active participant on the HCV Program for longer than 12 months.

To qualify for portability, the voucher holder must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a current voucher holder with the SHA
  2. Be in good standings with the SHA and your landlord
  3. Not have any outstanding debts owed to the SHA or landlord
  4. Be in compliance with your family obligations

If you meet the above criteria, you must then submit your request in writing to your housing specialist. Once your housing specialist has received your request, your eligibility for portability will be determined and finalized. If you are eligible for portability your housing specialist will then contact the Housing Authority (HA) for the jurisdiction you wish to move to, to verify they administer the HCV Program.

If you have any questions regarding the Portability process, please contact the Portability Officer Elizabeth Chavez at 480-312-7747 or email her at

Reasonable Accommodations:

The definition of Reasonable Accommodation is a change, exception, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice, or service to allow a person with disabilities to fully access the PHA's program or services. As long as the accommodation does not create an "undue financial and administrative burden" for the PHA or result in a "fundamental alteration" of the program or service offered, the PHA will approve the request.

If you wish to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact your housing specialist.

Staff Contact Information

Staff Representative Last Name Begins With Contact Information
Christina Cooley Housing Specialist (A-G) 480-312-7745
Liz Chavez Housing Specialist (H-N) and Portability Officer 480-312-7747
Mayia Hernandez Housing Specialist (O-Z) 480-312-7409
Alice Sipos Waitlist Coordinator 480-312-7410

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Housing Agency
Community Assistance Office
6535 E Osborn Rd., Bldg. #8
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 
P: 480-312-7717
F: 480-312-7761
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri:
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 a.m. - 6 p.m.