LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today, alongside HACLA, announced the reopening of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list after being closed for nearly five years — giving up to 30,000 households the opportunity to obtain affordable housing.
“Today, the City of Los Angeles takes yet another big step forward in addressing our homelessness and affordable housing crisis. With more funding, programs, and innovative solutions, we continue to provide those in need with the resources required to not only obtain affordable housing but maintain it,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Housing solves homelessness, that is our north star. By reopening the Section 8 waiting list, we will present thousands of our neighbors with safe and stable housing opportunities.”
The application window will be open starting Monday, October 17th at 6:00 AM through Sunday, October 30th at 5:00 PM through an online portal. Following the closing of the application window, 30,000 applicants will be selected via random lottery to enter the voucher waiting list. To be eligible, applicants must fall within the federal very low-income category.
“It’s been five years since we last opened our Section 8 waiting list and the need for rental assistance has grown. Rental assistance programs like these fight against poverty and help reduce homelessness. Our goal, with the reopening of HACLA’s Section 8 Waiting List lottery, is to help thousands of families who are struggling financially to find stable housing,” said Douglas Guthrie, HACLA President and CEO. “We’ve ensured that the online application is convenient to access and easy to apply. There are step-by-step videos to assist applicants on how to apply and frequently asked questions that applicants may have about the program and their eligibility.”
Since taking office, Mayor Garcetti has acted with unprecedented urgency to confront the homelessness and housing crisis — from expanding the homelessness budget to over 20 times what it was eight years ago, to launching the A Bridge Home shelter program, which has served over 5,500 distinct residents while HHH-funded projects are built. Measure HHH funding has enabled the City to increase its annual production of supportive housing by over 600%, from 300 to 2,000 units. In the 2022-2023 City budget, Mayor Garcetti championed a nearly $1.2 billion commitment to homelessness solutions. This investment includes a total of more than 3,700 permanent supportive housing units, $415 million for more than 2,200 total housing units through Proposition HHH, and $255 million for a new round of Project Homekey, which will add 928 units, of which 909 will be permanent supportive housing units. The City has also partnered with private property owners through LeaseUp, a program to fill vacancies while helping Angelenos at risk of homelessness find and maintain affordable housing.
For more information and to apply to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, visit HACLA.HCVList.org or call (213) 523-7328.
For a video with information on how to apply, click here.
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