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How are Housing Vouchers Used?

Once you receive a voucher, you are advised of the unit size for which it is eligible, based on family size and composition.  It is your responsibility to select a unit that meets an acceptable level of health and safety before the Inglewood Housing Authority (IHA) can approve the unit.

The IHA determines a “payment standard” that is the amount generally needed to rent a dwelling unit in the local housing market.  This payment standard is used to determine the amount of housing assistance the family will receive.  A family may select a unit with a rent above or below the payment standard.  The family must pay 30% of its monthly adjusted household income for rent and utilities.  If the unit rent is greater than the payment standard, the family must pay the additional amount.

By law, when ever a family moves to a new unit where the rent exceeds the payment standard, the family may not pay more than 40% of its adjusted monthly income for rent.

How do I apply?

Prospective families must first register their names on a waiting list.  Waiting lists are open only at certain specified times, and families can only register during the open enrollment period. Open enrollment is announced through newspaper advertisements.  The demand for housing assistance exceeds the limited resources available and long waiting periods are common.

How is eligibility determined?

Eligibility for a housing voucher is based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.  In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the Los Angeles County area.  By law, we must provide 75% of our vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income.

What is the number for Section 8 Housing Assistance?

The Housing Division of the Community Development Department can be reached at (310) 412-5221.

What is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Choice Voucher program is the Federal Governments major program for assisting very low income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing.