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About Section 8

About the HUD Section 8 Program

Across the United States, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program helps more than 1.7 million low-income families afford decent housing in the private rental market. 

The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles provides rental assistance to over 20,000 of these families in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County.

The Section 8 Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD).

The program assists eligible families afford safe, decent, high-quality rental housing.  Participants rent housing from private landlords and pay a portion of their income towards rent.  The Housing Authority subsidizes the difference in monthly payments directly to the owner.  Owners, participants and the Housing Authority share in making this three-way-partnership a success.

The Housing Authority’s responsibilities in administering the program include:

Maintaining the waiting list;
Determining eligibility , and level of assistance;
Calculating rent portion;
Conducting annual re-determinations; Briefing tenants on finding a rental unit;
Contracting with owners; Ensuring that contracted unit rents are reasonable ; Conducting unit housing quality standard inspections;
Ensuring tenant and owner compliance with program rules (and terminating contracts and assistance if necessary);
Making housing assistance payments to owners; and
Processing assisted families moving into and out of the jurisdiction through portability

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