Los Angeles City Housing Authority Opens Section 8 Waiting List After 13 Years

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LOS ANGELES — The City of Los Angeles’ Housing Authority opened the waiting list lottery for Section 8 housing for the first time in 13 years. The lottery officially opened on Monday and will remain open until the 29th of October. Applications are available online and can be submitted 24 hours per day until the deadline.

The Section 8 housing program provides monetary assistance for eligible recipients towards renting a home. In other words, beneficiaries of Section 8 have a portion of their rent paid directly to private landlords.

Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor, says residents of the city deserve affordable housing, regardless of their income.

Applications are submitted free of charge. For those who require assistance filling out the application, they can call toll free at 1-888-816-6955 or locally at (213) 205-5585. The office is open every day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. while the list is open.

Beneficiaries will be chosen by a computer-randomized lottery once the application period has ended. A recent press release claims up to 20,000 eligible residents will be granted assistance.

Preferences will be given to veterans and those who live or work in the city of Los Angeles. This is an exciting opportunity for those in need, if you would like to apply check out www.hacla.hcvlist.org/.

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