Burbank Housing Authority
150 N Third Street, Second Floor
Burbank, Santa Clara County, CA

818-238-5160 http://burbankca.gov/departments/community-development/housing-economic-development/housing

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Burbank Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 19th, 2016

The Burbank Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from January 11, 2016, until February 8, 2016.


Burbank, CA is about 10 miles north of Los Angeles, CA.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of there preferences, it is likely applicants who do qualify will have a long wait to receive assistance, or will not receive assistance from this office.

There are cases of applicants flooding the website as soon as a scheduled online waiting list opens, causing the website to crash for a period of time. If the website is down, it will eventually be back up to accept pre-applications.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online pre-application here.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at one of the following locations:
  • Joslyn Adult Center, located at 1301 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506, from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Olive Recreation Center, located at 1111 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506, from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Verdugo Park, located at 3201 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank, CA 91505, from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
  • McCambridge Park, located at 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504, from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Ovrom Community Center, located at 601 S. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502, from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
  • Central Library, located at 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502, from 9:30 am until 9:00 pm, Monday-Thursday; from 9:30 am until 6:00 pm on Fridays; and 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Saturdays.
  • Buena Vista Branch Library, located at 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505, from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm, Monday-Thursday; from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Fridays; and 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturdays.
  • Northwest Branch Library, located at 3323 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505, from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Burbank Temporary Aid Center, located at 1304 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Family Service Agency, located at 2721 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505, from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Salvation Army, located at 300 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank, CA 91502, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
  • Armenian Relief Society, located at 517 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202, from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Once the paper pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

Burbank Housing Authority
P.O. Box 11539 
Burbank, CA 91510

Pre-applications must be postmarked by February 8, 2016, or it will not be accepted. Pre-applications will not be accepted by hand delivery at the BHA office.

The following preferences have been identified: Live/work in Burbank, CA, displaced by government action, US military veterans, homeless, disabled.

Qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the BHA website, or call the office at (818) 238-5160.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Burbank Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 1,014 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Burbank Housing Authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Burbank Housing Authority is among the 50% of California housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Burbank Housing Authority scored an average of 98 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2004 and a low score of 90 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in California is 75.30.

Burbank Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average California housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Burbank Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/15/12 Plan
2011 5/19/11 Plan
2010 4/29/10 Plan
2009 4/20/09 Plan
2008 6/2/08 Plan
2007 6/28/07 Plan
2006 6/2/06 Plan
2005 5/24/05 Plan
2004 6/23/04 Plan
2003 6/27/03 Plan
2002 6/21/02 Plan
2001 6/7/01 Plan
2000 6/20/00 Plan