AHCVP Preferences

Information on AHCVP Preferences

AHCVP Preferences are used to give a priority to serving qualified applicants on the wait list. Once an applicant is selected from the “Random Lottery” to be on the waitlist, additional points are applied from the selected preference. These additional points move the application to a higher position on the wait list, allowing the applicant to be served sooner.

Please Note: All Preferences will be verified. You will be required to provide documentation to prove you qualify for the selected Preference. If you are found ineligible or unable to provide proof, your pre-application will be moved back to its original spot.

The following are AHCVP Preferences:

  • Residency Local Preference
  • Homeless General Preference
  • Victim of Domestic Violence Preference
  • Families with a person with a disability that qualify for Permanent Supportive Housing Preference
  • Person with disabilities that would qualify under the Olmstead Act Preference (to see full definitions please click vcurrtc.org/resources/printView.cfm/376)

Definitions for AHCVP Preferences:

Residency Local Preference: 1 Point

Live, work, or have been notified they have been hired in Arlington County.

Homeless General Preference: 1 Point

A. Individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

  • Primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport, or camping ground; or
  • Lives in a supervised public or privately-operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements(including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state, or local government programs for low income individuals); or
  • Exiting an institution where the individual resided for 90 days or less and resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution.

B. Will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence: All three (3) must apply:

  • Primary nighttime residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance; and
  • No subsequent residence has been identified; and
  • Lack the resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks needed to obtain other permanent housing.

C. Unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or a family with children and youth, who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition: All four (4) must apply:

  • Defined as homeless undersection 387 of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (42 U.S.C. 5732a), section 637 of the Head Start Act (42U.S.C. 9832),section 41403 of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42U.S.C. 14043e-2),section 330(h) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254b(h)), section 3 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2012), section 17(b) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1786(b)), or section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a); and
  • Have not had a lease, ownership interest, or occupancy agreement in permanent housing at any time during the 60 days immediately preceding the date of application; and
  • Have experienced persistent instability as measured by two moves or more during the 60-day period immediately preceding the date of application; and
  • Expected to continue in such status for an extended period of time due to chronic disabilities, chronic physical health or mental health conditions,substance addiction, history of domestic violence or childhood abuse (including neglect), the presence of a child or youth with a disability, or two or more barriers to employment, which include the lack of a high school degree or General Education Development (GED), illiteracy, low English proficiency, a history of incarceration or detention for criminal activity, and a history of unstable employment.

D. ALL THREE (3) of the following apply:

  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee; domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or a family member, including a child, that has either taken place within the individual's or family's primary nighttime residence or has made the individual or family afraid to return to their primary nighttime residence; and
  • Individual has no other residence; and
  • Lack the resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, to obtain other permanent housing.

E. Local Involuntary Displacement

  • Involuntarily displaced by a government action in Arlington County; or
  • Involuntarily displaced by a government declared natural disaster in Arlington County.


Victims of Domestic Violence: 1 Point

The Violence against Women Act of 2019 (VAWA) provides special protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking who are applying for or receiving assistance under certain federally assisted housing programs.

Families with a Person with a Disability that Qualify for Permanent Supportive Housing. Including Persons with Disabilities that Significantly Interfere with their Ability to Obtain and Maintain Themselves in Housing; Who, Without Appropriate Supportive Services Provided By The Department Of Human Services, Would Not Be Able to Reside Independently: 1 Point

To qualify for this preference, the Permanent Supportive Housing program must have an active referral for the applicant. Applicants will be assessed by the Arlington County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to determine if they qualify for the Permanent Supportive Housing program.

Individuals with Disabilities that would Qualify Under the Olmstead Act: 1 Point

On June 22, 1999 the United States Supreme Court determined that individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities who can handle and benefit from community settings shall not be held in institutional placement. That being unjustly held in a segregated setting perpetuates unwarranted assumptions that persons so isolated are incapable of or unworthy of participating in community life. That confinement in an institution severely diminishes the everyday life activities of individuals, including family relations, social contacts, work options, economic independence, educational advancement, and cultural enrichment.