Section 8

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The housing choice voucher program (Section 8) is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.  In West Hollywood, Section 8 is administered by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA).

FOR LANDLORDS

In the City of West Hollywood, Section 8 tenancies are governed by the West Hollywood Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).

Rent Increases

Rent Increases are limited to the City’s Annual General Adjustment (AGA).  The City provides a form to assist Landlords in calculating rents after applying the AGA.  Please download, fill out, and submit the form below to HACoLA.  Forms are also available at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard.  Information Line: (323) 848-6450

 
 

FOR TENANTS

If you receive housing assistance through the Section 8 program and have questions about your voucher, please contact HACoLA directly at (626) 262-4510 or online at http://www.hacola.org/home

Beginning July 1, 2014, the HACoLA payment standard – the maximum amount a housing authority can pay toward rent – will be reduced, potentially resulting in higher out-of-pocket expenses for Section 8 voucher holders in West Hollywood. If you receive an increase in your monthly family contribution that is above your financial means, there may be supportive services available to assist you.

Portability
Section 8 Voucher recipients are able to transfer and use their vouchers to any jurisdiction outside of Los Angeles County where there is Section 8 program. Click here for additional information.

Reasonable Accommodation
Federal and State fair housing laws require that Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) provide reasonable accommodation in their Section 8 rules, policies, practices and services if they are needed to help people with disabilities benefit from the Section 8 program.

Reasonable accommodations are only granted to individuals with a disability to remove disability-related barriers to housing. For purposes of reasonable accommodation, you are considered disabled if you are:

  • An individual with a mental or physical impairment that limits one or more major life activities, or
  • An individual who is regarded as having such an impairment; or
  • An individual who has a record of such impairment.

Click here for additional information.

 

We Can Help!


The City has contracted with the following agencies to provide assistance for tenants experiencing difficulty adjusting to changes in the Section 8 program.

Bet Tzedek Legal Services
3250 Wilshire Blvd #13, Los Angeles
(323) 549-5841

Bet Tzedek provides legal services for low-income households. Bet Tzedek may be available to assist Section 8 tenants with their application for a reasonable accommodation request. Contact Bet Tzedek for more information.

Comprehensive Services Center
Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
(323) 851-8202

The Comprehensive Services Center offers case management to seniors and people living with disabilities. In addition to case management, food programs and moving assistance may be available.

Housing.LACounty.gov
This website (www.housing.lacounty.gov) provides rental listings for affordable housing throughout Los Angeles County. Rental information is also available over the phone by calling (877) 428-8844.

City of West Hollywood

The City of West Hollywood cannot answer specific questions about a Section 8 tenant or landlord's rent or voucher because Section 8 is a Los Angeles County program. However, if a constituent is looking for more information about other supportive services or referrals, please contact:

Rent Stabilization & Housing Division
8300 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
(323) 848-6450

Social Services Division
8300 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
(323) 848-6510