SECTION 8 PROGRAM
HACoLA offers rental assistance to families that meet the eligibility requirements. To be eligible for rental assistance, a household must:
1. Qualify as a family;
2. Meet eligible immigrant or citizenship requirements;
3. Be within the income limits; and
4. Provide additional eligibilty information if requested.
1. Qualify as a Family
The applicant must qualify as a family. HACoLA defines a family as a single person or a group of persons as follows, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status:
An elderly family
A family whose head, co-head, spouse, or sole member is a person who is at least 62 years old. It may include two or more persons who are at least 62 years old. It may include two or more persons who are at least 62 years old living together, or one or more persons who are at least 62 years old living with one or more live-in aides.
A disabled family
A family whose head, co-head, spouse, or sole member is a person with disabilities. It may include two or more persons with disabilities living together, or one or more persons with disabilities living with one or more live-in aides.
A group of persons
Two or more persons sharing residency, who are not categorized as an elderly or disabled family, 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 relationship determined to be stable by HACoLA.
A single person
A person who lives alone, or intends to live alone, who is not categorized as an elderly or disabled family.
2. Meet Eligible Immigrant or Citizenship Requirements
Individuals must be U.S. citizens, or non-citizens with eligible immigration status. To receive assistance, applicants must provide evidence of citizenship or eligible immigration status. Each family member must declare their status once. HACoLA will verify citizenship information with other eligibility factors.
Each family member, regardless of age, must sign a declaration of U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. HACoLA considers the citizenship/eligible immigration status of each family member individually before determining the family’s status.
Eligible immigrants 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). HACoLA will accept any of the following documents to confirm 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
- A USCIS-issued receipt, for issuance of replacement of any of the above documents that shows individual’s entitlement has been verified.
HACoLA may grant extensions if individuals need time to obtain the required documents.
One member of the applicant family must be a citizen or eligible immigrant to be eligible for assistance. A family that includes eligible and ineligible individuals may qualify 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 a USCIS appeal process and an informal hearing.
3. Be Within the Income Limits
To be eligible for the program, a family’s gross annual income must be below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) in Los Angeles County. 75% of new admissions must have gross annual incomes at or below 30% of the AMI. HUD determines theAMI yearly.
To achieve the required balance, HACoLA may need to skip over otherwise eligible families. If this occurs, families that are skipped will keep the time and date of application, and be admitted when an appropriate opening becomes available.
4. Provide Additional Eligibility Information If Requested
HACoLA mails application materials to families who are selected from the waiting list. To participate, eligible families must 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 HACoLA. All family members age 18 and over are subject to a criminal background check, and possibly a credit check.
Note: HACoLA does not allow registered sex offenders to participate in the programs.