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California Section 8 Waiting List

California Section 8 Waiting List is prepared taking into account the housing requirements of families who are in greater need. It is usual to give preferences to those who are homeless or living in a substandard home, paying more than 50 percent of the household income for rent, and also to displaced families and families with minor children or headed by seniors or disabled. Moreover, each housing authority has its own guidelines to set preferences for section 8 waiting list in California. The local preferences set by a PHA reflect the typical housing needs and priorities of the people living under its jurisdiction. Check the local preference system of your PHA before applying.

It is often required for you to reside in the jurisdiction of your PHA for at least a year once you find a place in its waiting list. A Section 8 Voucher is issued to each family found on the list. The housing authority will pay a part of your rent against this voucher. The quantum of rental support varies with each family and it depends on your income and many other factors. In general, the rental share of a section 8 tenant is kept at 30 percent of the monthly income and the rest is paid by the PHA issuing the voucher.

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It is usual for a voucher holder to wait for a few years to receive the actual rental assistance. This is because of the limited resources available at the disposal of a housing authority against a fairly long list of section 8 tenants kept on wait. A voucher holder can either live in a rental housing unit maintained by the housing authority or seek a privately-owned rental unit that conforms to the HUD housing quality standards. Most landlords are unwilling to rent their properties to section 8 voucher holders and those who do find it tough to continue with them.

The limited resources of your local PHA on the one hand and the scarcity of HUD-approved rental units in the open market on the other hand can make you wait for several years to receive the benefits of Housing Choice Voucher Program. Most housing authorities in California are not even accepting fresh applications for a section 8 housing program as they find it difficult to provide rental support to existing voucher holders. To check your waitlist status you can visit the website of your housing authority. For example you can visit to check your status in Fairfield CA Waiting List.

The contact details of some housing authorities in California are provided below:

Sonoma County Housing Authority
1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-4107

City of Glendale
Community Development & Housing Contacts
141 N. Glendale Ave Room 202
Glendale, CA 91206
Phone: (818) 548-3936

To find a California housing authority on the web and see its Section 8 waiting list online follow the link provided here:
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