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About Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Los Angeles, California.

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles serves Los Angeles.

Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application online here. Click the link for the English or Spanish location in the section titled "How to Apply."
  2. Pick up an application at the Housing Authority Application Center, located at 2600 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90057, from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm PT.
  3. Pick up an application at any Public Housing site. A list of properties can be found here.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

Housing Authority Application Center 
2600 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90057

Income limit information can be found here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Working at least 20 hours per week at the State's minimum wage, attending an accredited college, trade school or vocational school full-time, working or attending school for at least 20 hours per week, otherwise equally income self-sufficient, disabled, elderly.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the HACLA website, or call the office at (213) 353-1000.

Last Updated on 12/04/2017.

Los Angeles, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in October 2017; and prior to that in October 2004. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. Applications were available online only.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, work, or have been hired to work within the City of Los Angeles; and applicants who are veterans or have a household member who is a veteran of the US military, released from such military service under conditions other than dishonorable.

20,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences. By December 1, 2017, the HACLA will send applicants an email with their status on the waiting list.

After applying, applicants will receive a confirmation number. It is important to keep this number in a safe and easy to access place.

Applicants can check their status on the waiting list after December 1, 2017 here.

For more information, visit the HACLA website, or call the office at (213) 252-2500.

Last Updated on 10/29/2017.

More information about Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles can be found on its website at http://www.hacla.org/.


About the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles manages 45,679 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

StandardHomeownershipFamily UnificationTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASHNon-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers38,742331641,4562,0712,533244
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$910$852$1,137$786$849$851$825
Monthly Cost$35,252,406$28,122$186,478$1,144,663$1,758,507$2,155,470$201,220

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 6% having issued approximately 7,243 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 11 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 53 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $15,070 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 81% were extremely low income (ELI). 25% of households had wages as a major source of income, 14% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 36% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 35% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

28% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 25% of households with children have a female head of household. 69% of all households were headed by a female.

78% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 53% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 39% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 86% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

47% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 17% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles voucher holders in 2016 was $401 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,020. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $52.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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