Housing Authority of the County of Riverside
5555 Arlington Avenue
Riverside, Riverside County, CA

951-351-0700 http://www.harivco.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

The Housing Authority of the County of Riverside (HACR) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists is currently open. It opened on July 1, 2015 and is open indefinitely.


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 these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply, complete the online application here. This application is available online only.

Please note: Applicants without a Social Security Number can apply online here.

If an applicant does not have access to the internet, they can visit a local library, county office, or any location listed here.

Disabled applicants who need assistance filling out the application can download and submit this Reasonable Accommodation Request form.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Resident of Riverside County, veteran, elderly, families or foster care youth referred by the Riverside County Public Child Welfare Agency, participants of a special rental assistance program for three years and no longer require supportive services, homeless families with children, rent-burdened, homeless, working families. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the HACR website, or call the office at (951) 351-0700.

The Housing Authority of the County of Riverside (HACR) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher pre-applications for elderly/disabled households.

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 these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply, complete the online application here. This application is available online only.

Please note: Applicants without a Social Security Number can apply online here.

If an applicant does not have access to the internet, they can visit a local library, county office, or any location listed here.

Disabled applicants who need assistance filling out the application can download and submit this Reasonable Accommodation Request form.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Resident of Riverside County, veteran, elderly, families or foster care youth referred by the Riverside County Public Child Welfare Agency, participants of a special rental assistance program for three years and no longer require supportive services, homeless families with children, rent-burdened, homeless, working families. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). 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. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the HACR website, or call the office at (951) 351-0700.

Public Housing Waiting List Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update April 12th, 2016.

The Housing Authority of the County of Riverside (HACR) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.


For more information, visit the HACR website, or call the office at (951) 351-0700.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the County of Riverside administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 4 projects which contain 473 affordable rental units. It also administers 8,945 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the County of Riverside is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of the County of Riverside between Public Housing Units (5%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (95%) to that of all housing authorities in California, Housing Authority of the County of Riverside has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in California.

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, Housing Authority of the County of Riverside scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 79 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in California is 75.30.

Housing Authority of the County of Riverside 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 Housing Authority of the County of Riverside.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/11/12 Plan
2011 6/29/11 Plan
2010 5/26/10 Plan
2009 5/29/08 Plan
2008 5/29/08 Plan
2007 4/25/07 Plan
2006 6/28/06 Plan
2005 6/27/05 Plan
2004 6/25/04 Plan
2003 6/20/03 Plan
2002 6/19/02 Plan
2001 8/7/01 Plan
2000 6/8/00 Plan