The Housing Authority offers rental assistance to families that meet the eligibility requirements:
To be eligible
for rental assistance, a household must
Qualify as a family ;
Meet eligible immigrant or citizenship requirements
Be within the income limits.
additional eligibility information...
The applicant must qualify as a family. Generally, a family consists of two or more persons sharing residency,
whose income and resources are available to meet family needs. There must be a relation by blood, marriage or operation of
law, or the group must provide evidence of a significant, stable relationship that has been in existence for at least 6 months,
in which the parties provide financial support for each other.
SECTION 8 ELIGIBILITY - Qualify
as a Family
An individual who is at least 62 years of age or disabled,
whether living alone, with a live-in aide, or with another elderly/disabled person, is also qualified as a family by the Housing
The Housing Authority serves families that meet the above definitions of family, and
single persons who are U.S. veterans, before serving any single person who lives alone or intends to live alone, who is not
categorized as elderly, disabled, or a U.S. veteran.
SECTION 8 ELIGIBILITY - Citizenship Requirements
must be U.S. citizens, or non-citizens with eligible immigration status. Assistance is contingent on the submission and verification
of evidence of citizenship or eligible immigration status. Each family member must declare their status once. Verification
occurs at the same time as verification of other eligibility factors.
Each family member, regardless of age, must
submit a signed declaration of U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. The citizenship/eligible immigration status
of each family member is considered individually before the family’s status is determined.
must fall into one of the categories specified by the regulations, and must sign a consent form to have their status verified
by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Housing Authority will accept any of the following documents to
verify eligible immigration status: Resident Alien Card (I-551); Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151); Arrival-Departure
Record (I-94); Temporary Resident Card (I-688); Employment Authorization Card (I-688B); or an INS-issued receipt, for issuance
of replacement of any of the above documents that shows individual’s entitlement has been verified. The Housing Authority
may grant extensions if individuals need time to obtain the required documents.
An applicant family is eligible for
assistance as long as at least one member is a citizen or eligible immigrant. A family that includes eligible and ineligible
individuals is eligible for prorated assistance. The applicant family must provide the names of any family members who choose
not to declare citizenship or eligible immigrant status.
Applicant families will be provided the opportunity to appeal
the decision in an INS appeal process and an informal review.
Gross annual income must
be below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) in Los Angeles County, for the family size. 75% of new admissions must
have gross annual incomes at or below 30% of the AMI.
(Number of Persons)
the AMI annually
To achieve the required balance, the Housing Authority may need to skip over otherwise
eligible families. If this occurs, families that are skipped over will retain the time and date of application, and
will be admitted as soon as an appropriate opening becomes available.
Additional Eligibility Information
Housing Authority mails pre-application materials to applicant families who reach the top of the waiting list. To participate,
eligible families are required to submit verification forms and documents. Family members age 18 and over must sign a Criminal
Background Consent form to authorize the release of criminal history information to the Housing Authority. All family members
age 18 and over are subject to a criminal background check, and possibly a credit check
Note: the Housing Authority
does not allow any registered sex offenders to participate in the programs. Families and individuals with special needs may
be exempt from some of these requirements.
Additionally, all family members age six and over are asked to provide
Social Security numbers, birth certificates, and valid California identification.