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California Section 8 Housing Assistance

California Section 8 Housing Assistance is provided to low income families having gross household income below the median income of the area they live. To qualify for the various programs under section 8 you must be a resident of the area that falls under the jurisdiction of the housing authority you are applying. The income limits vary with each HA, but in most cases they are required to be at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Preferences are given to those families living in sub-standard housing units or headed by veterans or disabled. The suitability of a family for a particular section 8 housing program depends also on the number of family members, tenant's records with previous landlords and willingness to abide by the section 8 regulations.

Section 8 Housing Assistance Program California

Section 8 housing assistance programs are funded by HUD and managed by the local public housing agency. There are several federally-assisted housing programs, but not all are available at a single housing authority. You will have to contact the PHA of your area to know about what assistance program(s) it has to offer to low-income families.

The most popular section 8 housing assistance program in California is Housing Choice Voucher Program, which helps the voucher holders pay only for a part of the rent. The share of the rental payment for a tenant under this voucher program is limited to 30 percent of his/her monthly income. The rest of the rent is paid by the housing authority directly to the landlord. Such rental assistance program enables a low-income tenant to live in a housing unit that fully meets the standard set by the HA for sanitation, decency and safety. Priority is given to certain sections that include families with children, disabled and elderly families.

CA Section 8 Housing Assistance Application

The CA Section 8 Housing Assistance Application can be submitted to the public housing agency in person or online. But before that you need to know if the registration is open for new vouchers. Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria required for the assistance program sponsored by your housing authority. Once the application is submitted and the HA is satisfied with your suitability for the program, your name will be put on a waiting list. This list is fairly large and may contain thousands of names selected for the program.

As the resources available for the program is limited and restricted to the available number of housing units, you might wait for a couple of years to actually get the benefit of this assistance. Some housing authorities do have emergency funds to give instant support to the families that are in greatest needs, but only a few can hope to get this. It is usual for a resident in California to wait for 5-8 years to get the benefit of the program.

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A resident living in San Diego CA can get specific information about section 8 housing assistance application by making a call at (858) 694-4801 or visiting www.sdhcd.org. Others can call HUD's number (213) 894-8000 for inquiries pertaining to project-based housing assistance program anywhere in the state of California. Moreover you can get a list of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies having offices in California by following the link given below:

 
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