Housing Authority of the County of Alameda is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.
|Alameda County, California Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.
Housing Authority of the County of Alameda Website: http://www.haca.net/.
How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
The Housing Authority of the County of Alameda (HACA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for less than one week in August 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.
To apply in 2015, applications were available online only. No other applications were accepted. The application was available in English, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese.
The HACA urges applicants to print their receipt or write down their pre-application confirmation number after completing the application.
5,000 qualified applicants were placed onto the waiting list by random lottery.
Please note: Applicants were told they would receive a notice of acceptance or rejection in the mail by October 31, 2015. However, the HACA published a notice in November 2015, informing applicants they will now receive a letter by December 5, 2015.
For more information, visit the HACA website, or call the office at (510) 538-8876.
Last Updated on 11/02/2017.
More information about Housing Authority of the County of Alameda can be found on its website at http://www.haca.net/.
As of 10/29/2020, it is not known if Housing Authority of the County of Alameda is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the County of Alameda manages 6,156 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:
|Standard||Homeownership||Tenant Protection||Ported Out||VASH||Non-Elderly Disabled|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$1,686||$1,883||$1,584||$1,745||$1,285||$1,508|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 3% having issued approximately 2,105 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 12 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 67 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $21,114 per year. 90% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 38% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 55% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 43% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 30% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.
39% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 33% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.
76% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 48% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda Housing Choice Voucher program, 23% include at least one person with a disability. 34% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
24% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 36% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Housing Authority of the County of Alameda voucher holders in 2016 was $569 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,479. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $107.
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.