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RENTCafé - MDHA Rental Assistance
Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)

This portal is used exclusively for MDHA Rental Assistance only.

Applying for the MDHA Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) Waiting List is always free. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), who funds the program, does not allow any agency to charge a family to apply. Beware of websites that charge a fee to apply for the housing program. These websites are not affiliated with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) or the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The only way to apply for MDHA housing is through MDHA’s official website.

MDHA Rental Assistance is now utilizing the nationwide RENTCafé  portal service. To use this portal service, you will need to register a new unique User Name and Password and include a valid email address. You may already have a registered profile on RENTCafé  for another property, whether it's at MDHA, or another housing agency, or property management company. If this is the case, you can use your registered RENTCafé email address, but you must register a new unique User Name to use this portal. Please review the User Name and Password instructions shown below before you start your registration process. After your registration has been completed, an automatic email will be sent to your registered email address confirming your registration has been received.

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Through the Section 8 HCV Program, low-income individuals and families pay between 30 and 40 percent of their adjusted income, or a minimum of $50 towards their rent and utilities, and MDHA pays the landlord the difference. The program allows property owners to receive fair market value for their units, while providing individuals and families an affordable place to live. In order to qualify, participants must make less than 50 percent of area median income, which equals $24,050 for an individual and $34,350 for a family of four. 

User Name Instructions

A User Name is a unique name that you define on your online application for this waiting list. The User Name will automatically default to your email address. It should be changed to a new unique User Name if you are entering multiple online applications for many individuals, or if you plan to apply for other MDHA properties. Here are some User Name examples:

  • User Name Example 1:

I’m an individual and I want to be on the MDHA Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) waiting list. I can use my email address for my User Name, but I can also define my User Name to be a unique name that I can use exclusively for this waiting list. Example: My name is Jane Doe and I’m applying for the Housing Choice Vouchers waiting list. So, I’ve decided to make my User Name be jdoemdhahcv. This unique User Name will always be associated with my MDHA Housing Choice Vouchers Waiting List online application.

  • User Name Example 2:

I’m a social worker and I’m entering many online applications for my clients who do not have an email address or access to a computer. I can enter my email address for each online application, but I must create a unique User Name for each online application that I enter. Refer to the previous example if your client plans to apply at other MDHA properties.

Password Instructions

  • Must be a minimum of ten (10) characters.
  • Must contain at least one uppercase letter.
  • Must contain at least one lowercase letter.
  • Must contain at least one number.
  • Must contain at least one symbol (@, #, $, %, &, etc.)

Has your Contact Information changed?

Please remember to revisit our RENTCafé portal and update your RENTCafé profile as your contact information changes. Simply go to and click on the Update My Housing Application and select this Housing Choice Voucher waiting list. We want to make sure we can contact you when your name is called!

The MDHA Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List is currently CLOSED. Waiting List Applications are not being accepted at this time!

Have you registered for this portal?

  • If you answer No, click the 'Click here to register' button below to get registered.
  • If you answer Yes, please log in using your User Name and Password to make changes to your contact information.  

Send your questions to or go to RENTCafé for general support, or call 855-736-8223 (855/RENT-CAFé). Recommended web browsers: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9 or later, and any mobile Android or IOS web browser. MDHA’s Statement on Non-Discrimination and Fair Housing polices.

Register for a Fast, Easy Application

With a free account, you can:

  • Save your application and log in at any time to continue.
  • Check the status of your applications.
  • Use your account with multiple applications.
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