1. What is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, and how does it work?
The Section 8 Housing
Choice Voucher program is a rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
It is designed to assist eligible low-income families rent housing in the private market by paying some of their rental costs.
The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles administers the program in the unincorporated areas and participating cities
in Los Angeles County. Our responsibilities include determining family eligibility; approving units, leases, and rent;
determining the family’s rent portion based on their income; ensuring that families and owners comply with program rules;
inspecting units and re-determining family eligibility annually; and making housing assistance payments to owners.
What are the benefits of being a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher owner?
You receive a guaranteed monthly payment
on the first of every month via direct deposit.
You retain total control. You can collect a security deposit, use
your own lease, and screen tenants according to your own suitability criteria.
You receive free annual inspections to
ensure maximum property upkeep.
Most importantly – by participating in the Section 8 program, you are helping
low-income families obtain housing.
3. Am I eligible to become a participating owner? What are the
obligations of a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher owner?
To become a participating owner, all you need to do is to lease
your rental unit to a Section 8 voucher holder. Generally, owners cannot rent to relatives under the Section 8 program
(although the Housing Authority may grant an exception as a reasonable accommodation to a disability). The Housing Authority
will require you to provide proof of ownership of the rental property, and to certify that the rent you charge the Section
8 voucher holder is the same as what you would charge an unassisted tenant family. The Housing Authority must verify
your eligibility to become a Section 8 owner, and may disapprove you for reasons such as: if you have engaged in drug trafficking,
committed fraud in connection to a federal housing program, or been debarred by HUD from participating as an owner under the
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.
Owner obligations under Section 8 are similar to the obligations of an owner
renting in the private market. You handle the tenant’s screening for suitability for tenancy. You must maintain
the rental property in good condition according to housing quality standards (see Inspection Question 5 for details), making
repairs as needed. You must pay for utilities, maintenance and services as specified in your lease with the tenant.
You are required to adhere to the lease, and to the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract, including the HUD Tenancy
Addendum, which is your agreement with the Housing Authority. You must also comply with applicable fair housing laws.
4. How do I list my property to Section 8 Voucher holders?
The Housing Authority now offers a
property listing and locater service through Socialserve.com. This free, internet-based service takes the place of the
Housing Authority's traditional property listing. Click Here to find out more information or to register your properties.
5. Where can I find additional information about the Section 8 program?
For more information
on the Section 8 program, you may refer to the HUD website. You may also request an owner information packet, which
provides additional information on the Housing Authority’s program. To request an owner information packet, please
contact the Housing Authority's Public Liaison Unit. You may also send an email, including your name, telephone number
and mailing address, to public email@example.com, and indicate that you would like to receive an Owner Information Packet. We also ask that you provide the property
address of the unit being considered for rental to verify it is within our service area. Should the property not be
within our jurisdiction, you will be contacted at the number or email address provided. Otherwise, a packet will be
mailed to you (sorry, no faxes).
6. Where is your Section 8 administrative office located, and when is
your office open?
The Assisted Housing Division’s main office is located at:
12131 Telegraph Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA, 90670
on the corner of Geary and Telegraph, East of Norwalk Blvd.
Our Lancaster office,
which serves the Antelope Valley, is located at:
43770 15th Street West, Suite 120
Lancaster, CA, 93534