Housing Authority of the County of Riverside

5555 Arlington Avenue
Riverside, Riverside County, California 92504

Housing Authority of the County of Riverside is a Public Housing Agency in Riverside, California that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 19th, 2019, Housing Authority of the County of Riverside has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Housing Authority of the County of Riverside Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the County of Riverside serves Riverside County.

Waiting List Statuses
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Housing Authority of the County of Riverside Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice

Open Housing Authority of the County of Riverside Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Housing Authority of the County of Riverside Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 9513510700.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/28/2018.

About Housing Authority of the County of Riverside

More information about Housing Authority of the County of Riverside can be found on its website at http://www.harivco.org/. Representatives of Housing Authority of the County of Riverside may be available by phone at (951) 351-0700. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/19/2019, it is not known if Housing Authority of the County of Riverside 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.


About the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Riverside manages 8,304 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 7,093 7 178 30 170 374
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $701 $551 $923 $618 $1,072 $657
Monthly Cost $4,971,134 $3,854 $164,326 $18,541 $182,312 $245,641

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of Riverside

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 14% having issued approximately 636 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 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 59 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $15,259 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 62% were extremely low income (ELI). 19% of households had wages as a major source of income, 7% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 72% 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, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 42% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

33% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 29% of households with children have a female head of household. 75% of all households were headed by a female.

66% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 36% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% include at least one person with a disability. 40% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 62% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

39% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 20% 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 County of Riverside voucher holders in 2016 was $425 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $841. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $140.



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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