Choice Voucher Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have emergency assistance?
No, the Housing Authority does not have emergency
assistance. The agency provides long-term
affordable rental housing. However, the
Management Offices can provide emergency
assistance referrals to you.
What is the difference between Section 8
and Managed Units?
The Section 8, or Housing Choice Voucher
Program, assists participants by paying private
landlords a portion of the total rent. Qualified
participants may transfer their rental assistance
to other areas of the country. Managed Units
are specific developments owned and/or managed
by the Housing Authority.
How long is the wait? Where am I on the
The Housing Authority does not provide your
position on the waiting list because it may
change frequently. You may move up on the
list as people are taken off of it and you
may move down on the list if applicants with
preferences apply. In addition, the Housing
Authority may skip over others to reach you
or skip over you to reach other applicants
in order to comply with income-targeting
regulations. The wait ranges from about 9
months to 3
What is a preference?
A preference means the family is not placed
at the bottom of the waiting list, but
is placed at the top behind preference
holders who applied earlier. Applicants
who are veterans of the U.S. Military receive
a preference on the waiting list in accordance
with California law. Individuals/families
displaced by governmental action, and families
whose head and/or spouse are elderly or
disabled are also given a preference.
What is income targeting?
Unless a waiver is granted by HUD, during
each fiscal year, at least 75% of families
admitted to the Housing Choice Voucher
Program must have incomes that do not exceed
30% of area median income (for details,
see Income Limits
). The Housing Authority
must skip over families on the waiting
list if necessary to maintain the required
How old do I have to be to get housing?
You must be 18 or older or be legally considered
I have a disability that requires me to
use a wheelchair. Are there any accessible
apartments for rent?
Yes. To assist in your search the Housing
Authority's Landlord Referral List indicates
those landlords who have accessible housing.