Open Section 8 Waiting Lists in California

Find applications for 18 open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in California. There are 113 housing authorities with voucher programs serving about 5,985,084 renter households in California. Among these, 45.1 percent of housing authorities run larger voucher programs serving thousands of renters. Over the last three years, there have been 66 waiting lists open in California.

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California Housing Authorities

Anaheim Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Anaheim, California Closed

Anaheim Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura

Waiting List Status
Ventura County Area, California Closed

Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Baldwin Park Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Baldwin Park Area, California Closed

Baldwin Park Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Burbank Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
City of Burbank, California Closed

Burbank Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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California Dept of Hsg And Comm Dev

California Dept of Hsg And Comm Dev serves California.

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California Dept of Hsg And Comm Dev

California Dept of Hsg And Comm Dev serves California.

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Carlsbad Housing and Neighborhood Services

Carlsbad Housing and Neighborhood Services serves California.

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City of Benicia Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
City of Benicia Housing Authority Closed

City of Benicia Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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City of Berkeley Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Berkeley, California Closed

City of Berkeley Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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City of Compton Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Compton, California Closed

City of Compton Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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City of Crescent City Housing Authority

City of Crescent City Housing Authority serves California.

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City of Encinitas Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Encinitas, California Open Until Further Notice

City of Encinitas Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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City of Hawthorne Department of Housing

Waiting List Status
Hawthorne, California Limited Closed

City of Hawthorne Department of Housing is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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City of Hollister

City of Hollister serves California.

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City of Norwalk Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
City of Norwalk Housing Authority Closed

City of Norwalk Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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City of Oceanside Community Development Comm

City of Oceanside Community Development Comm serves California.

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City of Pittsburg Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Pittsburg, California Closed

City of Pittsburg Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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City of Richmond Housing Authority

City of Richmond Housing Authority serves California.

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City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Santa Rosa, California Closed

City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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City of South San Francisco Housing Authority

City of South San Francisco Housing Authority serves California.

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City of Vallejo Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
City of Vallejo, California Closed

City of Vallejo Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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City of Wasco Housing Authority

City of Wasco Housing Authority serves California.

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Community Development Commission of Mendocino County

Waiting List Status
Mendocino County, California Closed

Community Development Commission of Mendocino County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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County of Tehama

County of Tehama serves California.

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Culver City Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Culver City, California Closed

Culver City Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Dublin Housing Authority

Dublin Housing Authority serves California.

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El Dorado County Public Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
El Dorado County, California Closed

El Dorado County Public Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Fairfield Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Fairfield, California Closed

Fairfield Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Fresno County Housing Authority

Fresno County Housing Authority serves California.

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Fresno Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Fresno City and County, California Closed

Fresno Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Kings County

Waiting List Status
Kings County, California Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of Kings County is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo

Waiting List Status
San Luis Obispo County, California Closed

Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Tulare County

Waiting List Status
Tulare County, California Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of Tulare County is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the City of Alameda

Waiting List Status
Alameda, California Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Alameda is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Calexico

Housing Authority of the City of Calexico serves California.

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Housing Authority of the City of Eureka

Housing Authority of the City of Eureka serves California.

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Housing Authority of the City of Garden Grove

Waiting List Status
Garden Grove, California Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Garden Grove is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Glendale

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of Glendale Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Glendale is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Hawaiian Gardens

Housing Authority of the City of Hawaiian Gardens serves California.

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Housing Authority of the City of Lakewood

Housing Authority of the City of Lakewood serves California.

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Housing Authority of the City of Lawndale

Housing Authority of the City of Lawndale serves California.

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Housing Authority of the City of Livermore

Waiting List Status
Livermore, California Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Livermore is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Lomita

Housing Authority of the City of Lomita serves California.

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Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

Waiting List Status
Los Angeles, California Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Madera

Waiting List Status
Madera, California Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Madera is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Napa

Waiting List Status
Napa County, California Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Napa is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of National City

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of National City Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the City of National City is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the City of Needles

Waiting List Status
City of Needles, California Open Now

Housing Authority of the City of Needles is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the City of Paramount

Housing Authority of the City of Paramount serves California.

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Housing Authority of the City of Pasadena

Waiting List Status
Pasadena, California Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Pasadena is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Pleasanton

Housing Authority of the City of Pleasanton serves California.

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Housing Authority of the City of Port Hueneme

Waiting List Status
Port Hueneme, California Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Port Hueneme is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Riverbank

Housing Authority of the City of Riverbank serves California.

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Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

Waiting List Status
Santa Barbara, California Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Santa Fe Springs

Housing Authority of the City of Santa Fe Springs serves California.

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Housing Authority of the City of Santa Paula

Waiting List Status
City of Santa Paula Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the City of Santa Paula is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the City of Soledad

Housing Authority of the City of Soledad serves California.

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Housing Authority of the City of Torrance

Waiting List Status
Torrance, California Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Torrance is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of West Hollywood

Housing Authority of the City of West Hollywood serves California.

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Housing Authority of the County of Alameda

Waiting List Status
Alameda County, California Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Alameda is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Butte

Waiting List Status
Butte and Glenn County, California Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Butte is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa

Waiting List Status
Contra Costa County, California Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Humboldt

Waiting List Status
Humboldt County, California Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the County of Humboldt is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the County of Kern

Waiting List Status
Kern County, California Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Kern is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Merced

Waiting List Status
Merced County, California Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Merced is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Monterey

Waiting List Status
Monterey County, California Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Monterey is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Riverside

Waiting List Status
Riverside County, California Closed
Limited Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the County of Riverside is accepting applications for a waiting list now.

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Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino

Waiting List Status
San Bernardino County, California Closed

Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of San Diego

Waiting List Status
San Diego County, California Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the County of San Diego is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin

Waiting List Status
San Joaquin County, California Closed

Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

Waiting List Status
San Mateo County, California Moving to Work Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara

Waiting List Status
Santa Barbara County, California Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz

Waiting List Status
Santa Cruz County, California Closed
Hollister and San Juan Bautista, California Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the County of Stanislaus

Waiting List Status
Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Inyo, Mariposa, Mono, and Tuolumne County, California Limited Closed
Stanislaus County, California Closed

Housing Authority of the County of Stanislaus is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Imperial Valley Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Imperial Valley County, California Closed

Imperial Valley Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Inglewood Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Inglewood, California Closed

Inglewood Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Lake County Housing Commission

Waiting List Status
Lake County, California Closed

Lake County Housing Commission is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Lassen County

Lassen County serves California.

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Los Angeles County Development Authority

Waiting List Status
Los Angeles County, California Closed

Los Angeles County Development Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Marin Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
General Closed
Involuntarily Displaced Open Until Further Notice
Chronic Homelessness Open Until Further Notice

Marin Housing Authority is accepting applications for 1 waiting lists now.

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Mariposa County Housing Authority

Mariposa County Housing Authority serves California.

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Nevada County Housing Authority

Nevada County Housing Authority serves California.

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Oakland Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Oakland, California Closed

Oakland Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Orange County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Orange County, California Closed

Orange County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Oxnard Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Oxnard, California General Closed

Oxnard Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Paso Robles Housing Authority

Paso Robles Housing Authority serves California.

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Pico Rivera Housing Assistance Agency

Pico Rivera Housing Assistance Agency serves California.

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Placer County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Placer County, California Closed

Placer County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Plumas County Community Development Commission and Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Plumas County Community Development Commission & Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Plumas County Community Development Commission and Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Pomona Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Pomona, California Closed

Pomona Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Redding Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Redding, California Open Until Further Notice

Redding Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Redondo Beach Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Redondo Beach Housing Authority Closed

Redondo Beach Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Regional Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Colusa, Nevada, Sutter and Yuba County, California Closed

Regional Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Roseville Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Roseville and Rocklin, California Closed

Roseville Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Waiting List Status
Sacramento County, California Closed

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency serves California.

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San Diego Housing Commission

Waiting List Status
San Diego, California Open Until Further Notice

San Diego Housing Commission is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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San Francisco Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
City and County of San Francisco, California General Closed

San Francisco Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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San Jose City Housing Authority

San Jose City Housing Authority serves California.

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Santa Ana Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Santa Ana, California Veteran Closed
Santa Ana, California Closed

Santa Ana Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Santa Clara County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Santa Clara County, California Closed

Santa Clara County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Santa Monica Housing and Economic Development

Waiting List Status
Santa Monica, California Open Until Further Notice

Santa Monica Housing and Economic Development is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Shasta County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Shasta, Modoc, Siskiyou, and Trinity County, California Open Until Further Notice

Shasta County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Solano County Housing Authority

Solano County Housing Authority serves California.

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Sonoma County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Sonoma County, California Closed

Sonoma County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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South Gate Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
South Gate, California Closed

South Gate Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Suisun City Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Suisun City, California Closed

Suisun City Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Upland Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Upland Housing Authority Closed

Upland Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Vacaville Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Solano County, California Closed
Vacaville, California Closed
Vacaville, California Closed

Vacaville Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Yolo County Housing

Waiting List Status
Yolo County, California Closed

Yolo County Housing is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Yuba County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Yuba County Housing Authority Closed

Yuba County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Are Section 8 Waiting Lists Open in California?

As of July 2, 2024, AHO is tracking 0 waiting lists open right now that are scheduled to close in the near future. Additionally, AHO is monitoring 17 waiting lists that are open until further notice.

AHO encourages you to first apply to the waiting lists that are scheduled to close, as most housing choice voucher programs do not have a set schedule for when they will reopen their waiting lists.

AHO still encourages you to apply to continuously open waiting lists as soon as possible. These waiting lists may close without sufficient notice.

In total, there are 17 waiting lists you can apply to right now and 1 waiting lists you can apply to soon.

How many HCV waiting lists were open in California in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 66 HCV waiting lists open for at least a day in California.

How long were HCV waiting lists kept open in California in the last few years?

Section 8 HCV waiting lists in California were kept open an average of 458 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 9.1% were open seven days or less and 3% were open for only one day (or a few hours) . This means that it is important for low-income renters to apply right away when they find an open waiting list.

How hard is it to get a voucher if I don't currently live in the area the housing authority serves?

Renters can apply to any open HCV waiting list in the country. The program is supposed to promote mobility so that renters can move to places with more opportunity.

Some housing authorities have a preference for local residents in their waiting list placement. If you live outside the area you can get on the waiting list, but you will likely wait a long time before a voucher is offered, if at all.

Over the last three years, 51.5% of waiting lists in California that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in California increase access with online applications?

Online applications make it easier for low-income renters to apply for open waiting lists, especially when applying to different communities or when waiting lists are only kept open a short time.

Online applications were used for 68.2% of waiting list applications in in California over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in California?

Random lotteries were used by 42.4% of housing authorities in California to place applicants on their waiting lists over the last three years.

Applicants placed at the bottom of a waiting list may wait up to two or three years before being offered a voucher. Placing applicants on a waiting list using a random lottery gives everyone a fair chance to be near the top of the list.

Many housing authorities place applicants according to the date and time of their submission. Applicants who apply later will have a long wait for assistance, which is especially unfair in cases where waiting lists are kept open just few days or less.

How long do households spend on an HCV waiting list in California before receiving a voucher?

Households spend an average of 32 months on a waiting list before receiving a voucher in California.

Who is served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in California?

HCV households served by housing authorities in California include:

  • 44% headed by seniors
  • 29% with a person with a disability
  • 28% with children
  • 25% where the majority of household income comes from wages earned

What is the income level of households served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in California?

According to HUD, in general, in order to receive a voucher, a household's income may not exceed 50% of the median income (50% AMI) for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, a housing authority must provide 75% of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income (30% AMI).

A 50% AMI household is considered very low-income (VLI) and a 30% AMI household is considered extremely low-income (ELI). ELI households are a subset of the VLI households served by a housing authority.

In the voucher programs of housing authorities in California, VLI households make up 95% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 79% of voucher-holding households.

Is there an application fee for Section 8 waiting lists?

It is against HUD policy for an agency to charge for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher application. If anyone is charging a fee for an application, they are either violating federal law, or a scammer with an empty promise. Do not pay for an application.

Why are there Section 8 waiting lists?

Like most low income housing programs, renters are placed on a waiting list to get a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher because there is a very high demand for vouchers, and a limited supply.

Waiting lists for a Section 8 voucher also tend to be longer than those for other housing programs because renters can live in an apartment or house of their choice. Most of the other rental housing programs require the household to live in a pre-determined apartment.

How does a Section 8 waiting list work?

Renters must first submit an application to a housing authority with an open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list. If a waiting list is not currently open, applications cannot be submitted.

After applying, the housing authority will create a list of qualified applicants that is sorted by random lottery, or the date and time applications were received. Many of these waiting lists have limited spots, so some applicants may not be selected for the waiting list, even if they are qualified.

If the household is selected for the waiting list, the housing authority will send confirmation. Be aware that some waiting lists have preferences (such as elderly or local applicants), and qualified households are given priority placement over others.

After getting placed on a waiting list, prepare to wait for some time. Because of the high demand of the HCV program, waiting lists may be many months or years long.

Once the household reaches the top of the waiting list, an eligibility interview will be held to make sure that everyone is qualified. If the household does not meet the qualifications, they can continue applying to other open waiting lists for a chance to get a voucher.

Who can apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, the head of the household must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant. If the head of household cannot submit an application, another person can submit one on their behalf.

There are many qualifications to get a Section 8 voucher, including income, housing, and criminal history. But those requirements do not prevent a person from applying for an open waiting list.

What is needed to apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, renters must usually provide their first and last name, date of birth, Social Security Number or Alien ID, and the total gross income of all household members (with exceptions).

Applications may ask for additional information, including housing history, criminal history, proof of income, and preference verification. Applicants may also be asked for demographic information, like gender, disability status, or race and ethnicity.

When can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Applications for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can only be submitted when the housing authority opens the program's waiting list.

For many areas, waiting lists are only open for a brief period. And depending on the area, when a waiting list closes, it may not reopen for many months or years. But there are also many housing authorities that keep their waiting lists open indefinitely, which means that there is no scheduled close date. These waiting lists can close at any time, but they sometimes stay open for months or years.

Can I apply for multiple Section 8 waiting lists?

Yes, renters can apply for multiple Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists. There is no limit to how many waiting lists a household may be on.

But, it's usually not allowed to submit multiple applications for the same waiting list. If more than one application is submitted for the same waiting list, the household risks getting disqualified.

What is a Section 8 waiting list lottery?

In many areas, the demand for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers is so great that the managing housing authority cannot add all applicants to its waiting list. To give all applicants an equal chance of being placed on the waiting list, many agencies draw names by random lottery from the entire pool of applicants.

Housing authorities will usually state if they are doing a lottery drawing on the public notice for the waiting list. If there is not a lottery, applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

How long is a waiting list for Section 8 housing?

Once a household is placed on a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, they may wait anywhere between many months or years before being offered a rental assistance voucher.

There is no typical wait time for a voucher. The amount of time spent on a waiting list depends on various factors, including how many preferences are met, and the location of rental assistance. An applicant in one area of the country may wait less than a year, while someone in another area is on a waiting list for five years or more.

How can I get more information about a Section 8 waiting list?

The easiest way to get more information about many Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting lists is to visit the housing authority's website. Most housing authorities with a website will have a dedicated Section 8 HCV page with details about the program.

However, not all housing authorities have a website. And some that do may provide a limited amount of information. If this is the case, contact the housing authority for help. The agency can tell you if a waiting list is open, how to apply, and other important application requirements.

Is there any way to get priority placement on a Section 8 waiting list?

Yes, many housing authorities use preferences to give a priority to applicants who are part of groups in the area that are in great need of assistance.

Common preference categories for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists include seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, homeless persons, and those who live and work locally. Applicants who qualify for preferences will have a shorter wait time than those who don't.

What is Section 8?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program gives low income rental assistance to individuals and families who need help affording monthly rent. Households with a Section 8 voucher may choose to live in any home that meets the program requirements, including apartments and single-family homes. It is a federal housing program that is run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Renters with a Section 8 voucher usually pay 30% of their income for rent. The rest is paid to the landlord by the managing housing authority.

When looking for housing options, be aware that there are other housing programs that use the name "Section 8," including the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) and Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs. However, the name "Section 8" on its own usually refers to the HCV program.

How do I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

When a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is open, there can be a number of different ways to submit an application. In most cases, Section 8 applications are available online, in person, by mail, or a variety of these options.

Online applications are often submitted through a form on a website. Printable applications may be available on the internet, as well. If an application can be sent by mail, a request for one is usually done by phone, mail or email.

In rare situations, applications may also be submitted by fax, or directly by phone. These outdated methods have been phased out by many housing authorities, but there are still some applications that operate this way.

Where can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Renters can apply to most open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in the country. You do not have to live in the area to apply to most waiting lists, but there are some with restrictions. If the waiting list is restricted, it means that the housing authority is targeting a specific demographic (such as homeless applicants), and documentation or a reference may be required to apply.

However, even if a waiting list is available to the general public, applicants who do not live in the area should check if there are preferences. Preferences give qualified applicants priority placement on the waiting list. And one of the most common preferences is for local residents. This means that non-local applicants may have a very long wait for a voucher, or may not get a voucher at all because of the local demand.