Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Housing Element Update

Program 14: Section 8 Rental Assistance

The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACOLA) provides various rental assistance programs for income-eligible households, and eligible homeless families and individuals. These include:

  • Housing Choice Voucher Program: This program provides rent subsidies to extremely low and very low income households with a housing cost burden, or who are at risk of becoming homeless or being displaced. Voucher recipients rent housing from private landlords and pay a portion of their income toward rent (usually up to 30% of their income). The federal government subsidizes the difference in monthly payments directly to the owner.
  • Homeless Set Aside Program: This program provides rental assistance to homeless families and individuals. It also provides supportive services, such as advocacy, counseling, tenant education, money management, employment and job training referrals, crisis intervention, child care referrals, and children’s services through contracted homeless services agencies. Case management includes an 18 month follow-up. Families who are successful in maintaining housing for 12 months are retained in the program similar to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA): This program provides rental assistance to eligible homeless households that include a person who has HIV/AIDS. HACOLA has entered into agreements with two supportive services agencies–AIDS Project Los Angeles and AIDS Service Center–to identify, assess, refer, and provide case management for eligible households. This program also provides supportive services, such as advocacy, counseling, tenant education, money management, employment and job training referrals, crisis intervention, child care referrals, and children’s services.

Objectives Provide rental assistance to 4,000 extremely low and very low income households, and homeless individuals and families in the unincorporated areas during the planning period.
Housing Choice Voucher – 3,800 households
Homeless Set Aside Program – 70 homeless individuals or families
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS – 30 homeless persons with HIV/AIDS
Policies Policy 4.1: Provide financial assistance and ensure that necessary supportive services are provided to assist low and moderate income households and those with special needs to attain and maintain affordable and adequate housing.
Timeframe Ongoing
Responsible Agency Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Funding Source HUD Section 8 Funding

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