Affordable housing and rental assistance
Public Housing Authorities administer the federal Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) rental assistance program for very low-income households and sometimes other affordable housing programs such as publicly owned or assisted income-restricted affordable homes. Section 8 vouchers are transferable from city to city if you move, but you will have to go through a process. Learn more here.
To apply for a Section 8 voucher: please contact your local housing authority. Scroll down for a list of housing authorities in LA County.
Eviction prevention/defense: https://www.stayhousedla.org/
Eviction defense: https://publiccounsel.org/services/eviction-defense/
Housing rights defense: https://www.housingrightscenter.org/
EMERGENCY HOUSING VOUCHERS (EHVS): https://www.lahsa.org/news?article=837-emergency-housing-vouchers-ehvs-through-ces
Cash assistance for families with children (CalWORKs): https://www.cdss.ca.gov/calworks
Housing.lacounty.gov is a site that offers housing listings, “including affordable, special needs, emergency housing and more.” However, not all listings are for deed-restricted affordable homes. The site is managed by LACDA in partnership with some other local housing agencies.
If you don’t have a LA City Section 8 voucher, here’s a countywide affordable housing database you can check: https://www.socialserve.com/tenant/index.html?state_id=4107&rid=32066&ch=LAC
Housing Rights Center Affordable Housing Rental Listing: https://www.housingrightscenter.org/rental-listing
Current vacancies, LA City public housing: https://www.hacla.org/sites/default/files/Vacancy.pdf (updated 12/27/2022)
Information on how to apply for public housing: https://www.hacla.org/en/about-public-housing/public-housing-applicants
If you have a LA City section 8 voucher, here’s a database of apartments (note: all landlords operating in California are now required by law to accept Section 8): https://www.affordablehousing.com/
Here’s a separate registry for affordable and accessible units in LA City: https://lahousing.lacity.org/AAHR/ComCon/Tab/RenderTab?tabName=Search%20for%20Accessible%20Housing
List of all public housing authorities in LA County:
- Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA)
- Administers programs in unincorporated LA County and 62 cities in LA County
- This link lists the 18 cities in the county that have their own housing authorities.
- Baldwin Park Housing Authority
- Burbank Housing Division
- Compton Housing Authority
- Culver City Housing Services
- Glendale Housing Division
- Hawaiian Gardens Housing Division
- Hawthorne Housing Department
- Inglewood Housing Authority
- Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach (HACLB)
- Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA)
- Norwalk Housing Authority
- Pasadena Department of Housing
- Pico Rivera Housing Services Division
- Pomona Housing Authority
- Redondo Beach Housing Authority
- Santa Monica Housing Office
- South Gate Housing Authority
- Torrance Housing Authority
The Coordinated Entry System (CES) is administered by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and is the access point for different networks of services targeted at adults, families with children, and youth. Clients have their information entered into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and are then connected to available housing and support resources.
Note: Many of the websites listed include tips about avoiding affordable housing scams. Please proceed carefully before sharing your personal or payment information with anyone purporting to offer affordable housing or rental assistance.
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