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HACLA’s affordable housing waiting list lottery applications officially close

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Section 8 Waiting List Lottery application period is now closed, following a two-week period of accepting online applications. By Dec. 1, all applicants will receive an email to inform them whether or not they were selected to be placed on the Section 8 Waiting List. As funding is available, HACLA will contact applicants for program eligibility determinations, and this process may begin for some applicants as early as June 2023.

The Section 8 program provides rental assistance to eligible individuals and families by paying a portion of their rent directly to private landlords. According to the HACLA, a total of 223,375 applications were received, representing 505,946 total household members.

This number reflects about a 19% increase in applications submitted from its previous opening five years ago. The significant increase in applications highlights the growing number of individuals and families needing housing assistance which outpaces the federal funds available for rental assistance.

“At the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, we are keenly aware of the lack of resources that individuals and families face when it comes to affordable housing solutions in our city, and this was reflected in the number of applications we received in this short two-week period,” said HACLA President & CEO Doug Guthrie. “We’ve been working hard with our community partners to spread the word, but now the real work begins as we prepare to get selected applicants placed and, ultimately, housed.”

HACLA will now use a computer-randomized lottery to select up to 30,000 applicants for placement on the Section 8 Waiting List. A preference for assistance will be given to applicants who live or work in the City of Los Angeles and to applicants who are veterans or have a household member who is a veteran released from such military service under conditions other than dishonorable.

Applicants may also check their status at hacla.hcvlist.org or by calling (877) 621-SEC8 (7328)/TTY 711 after Dec. 1.

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