Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. 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, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

Section 8 Waiting Lists in California

As of April 7th 2020, there are 18 Section 8 waiting lists that are open now, opening soon, or always open in California.

Section 8 Waiting Lists Open Until Further Notice

There are 18 Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting Lists in California that are either always open or that have not announced a closing date.

There are 113 housing authorities in California which offer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. For more on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program visit the Housing Choice Voucher section of our Low Income Housing Renter's Guide.

Closed Section 8 Waiting Lists

The following waiting lists have been confirmed to be closed in the last two years.

Waiting List Closed Date
Merced County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on April 3rd, 2020
Mendocino County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on January 30th, 2020
Vacaville, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on November 5th, 2019
Suisun City, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on November 1st, 2019
Mendocino County, CA Mainstream and Family Unification Program Section 8 HCV Waiting Lists Closed on September 30th, 2019
Solano County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on September 23rd, 2019
Anaheim, CA Limited Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on August 9th, 2019
Butte and Glenn County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on August 4th, 2019
Sonoma County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on July 31st, 2019
City and County of San Francisco, CA Mainstream Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on June 26th, 2019
Fresno County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on June 19th, 2019
Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, and Trinity County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on May 31st, 2019
San Bernardino County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on February 25th, 2019
Oxnard, CA Section 8 HCV, PBV, Family Unification, and Public Housing Waiting Lists Closed on February 1st, 2019
Santa Cruz County and Cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on December 6th, 2018
Santa Cruz County and Cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on December 6th, 2018
San Joaquin County, CA Section 8 HCV and Affordable Communities Waiting Lists Closed on November 4th, 2018
Santa Barbara, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on October 31st, 2018
Fairfield, CA Section 8 HCV, Section 8 PBV, and State Tenant Based Waiting List Closed on August 14th, 2018
Santa Rosa, California Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on May 31st, 2018
Santa Barbara County, California Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on May 29th, 2018
San Luis Obispo County, California Section 8 HCV Waiting List Closed on May 16th, 2018
Port Hueneme, California Closed on March 15th, 2018
Sacramento County, California Closed on January 30th, 2018