About Housing Authority of the County of Riverside

The Housing Authority of the County of Riverside is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Riverside, California.

The Housing Authority of the County of Riverside serves Riverside, Coachella, Blythe, Palm Springs, Indio, Moreno Valley, Thousand Palms, Mecca, Temecula, Beaumont, San Jacinto, Ripley, Murrieta, Norco, Bermuda Dunes, Desert Hot Springs, El Cerrito, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Rancho Mirage, Perris, La Quinta, Cathedral City, Banning, Palm Desert, Wildomar and Rubidoux.

Housing Authority of the County of Riverside Waiting Lists

Housing Authority of the County of Riverside Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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.

Last Updated on 08/31/2016.

Public Housing Waitlist: Closed

The Riverside County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority operates out of two offices, they are both open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.

Riverside County Office serves west of Beaumont and is located at 555 Arlington Ave., Riverside, CA 92504.  They can be reached by calling 951-351-0700 during the hours listed above.

The Indio office serves from Blythe to Beaumont and is located at 44-199 Monroe, Suite B, Indio, CA 92201, for mailing purposes please use P.O. Box 1747, Indio, CA 92201. They can be reached by calling 760-863-2838, during the hours listed above.

There are three ways to apply for public housing:

Go to the Riverside County Housing Authority website https://www.harivco.org/Resources/WaitingListRegistration/tabid/121/Default.aspx, to complete an applicaton online.
Print and complete an application form their website http://www.harivco.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=L8TxykLj6l4%3d&tabid=69.
Visit one of their offices to pick up an application, the addresses are listed above.

Once you have completed the paper application, they can be mailed or hand delivered to the above address. They can also be faxed to: Riverside office 951-351-9844 or the Indio office 760-863-2838.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list as:
75% of applicants must fall into the extremely low income requirement., they then divide the applications into two levels.
Level 1:
Resident of Riverside
Veteran
Families whose head of household or co-head is 75 or older
Participants of these supportive services for the last 3 years that no longer need the supportive services: Shelter plus program, Veterans Affairs Supportive Program, and the Housing Options program.

Level 2:
Living in Riverside County
Rent Burdened
Homeless
Working families with dependents
Elderly families
Disabled families

For more information you can visit their website at http://www.harivco.org/, or call one of their offices during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 04/12/2016.

Public Housing Property Inspection Scores

All public housing projects and privately owned rental properties with project-based Section 8 contracts are inspected every 1 to 3 years by HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC). The mission of REAC is to insure that HUD’s multifamily portfolio is well maintained, free of health and safety risks for tenants and to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in HUD’s multifamily programs.

The highest REAC score possible is 100 points. Points are awarded in five inspectable areas: site, building exteriors, common areas, systems and units. Points may be weighted differently for different property types. For example, an urban property with little to no grounds might have a score weighted more on the building exteriors and less on the site whereas a suburban property with acres of land will be weighted more on the site review.

The frequency of REAC inspections is determined by the last REAC score a property received. If a property receives a REAC score of 90 or higher, the next REAC inspection will be scheduled in 3 years. Scores of 80 to 89 require re-inspection in 2 years and scores of 60 to 79 require re-inspection in a year.

A score of less than 60 is considered failing. Scores of 31 to 59 require re-inspection in 60 days and scores of 30 or lower are referred to a HUD Enforcement Center for corrective action.

Property Score Inspection Date
Desert Hot Springs 96/100 09/23/2014
Midway Capri Apts 90/100 09/26/2014
Desert Hot Springs 93/100 09/25/2014

Public Housing Operated by Housing Authority of the County of Riverside

5581 34th St
Desert Hot Springs Apartments is a 176 unit low income housing apartment community in Riverside.
478 Maple Ave
Midway Capri Apartments is a 124 unit low income housing apartment community in Beaumont.
91400 7th St
Desert Hot Springs Apartments is a 169 unit low income housing apartment community in Mecca.
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Affordable Apartments near Housing Authority of the County of Riverside

4660 Victoria Ave.
J.E. Wall Victoria Manor Apartments is a 112 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Riverside. Rents at J.E. Wall Victoria Manor Apartments are 627.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Riverside.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
40-600 Washington Street
Bermuda Park Apartments is a 90 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Bermuda Dunes.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Bermuda Dunes.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
410 S. Calle-Encilla
Pacific Palms Apartments is a 139 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Palm Springs.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Palm Springs.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit