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The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) offers public housing and rental assistance to families that meet the eligibility requirements. The lists below outline the eligibility criteria for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing Programs.
SECTION 8 PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
The applicant must qualify as a family. The LACDA defines a family as a single person or a group of persons as follows, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, identity, or marital status:
An elderly family - A family whose head, co-head, spouse, or sole member is a person who is at least 62 years old.
A disabled family - A family whose head, co-head, spouse, or sole member is a person with disabilities.
A group of persons - Two or more persons sharing residency, who are not categorized as an elderly or disabled family, whose income and resources are available to meet family needs. There must be a relation by blood, marriage, or operation of law, or the group must provide evidence of a significant relationship determined to be stable by the LACDA.
A single person - A person who lives alone, or intends to live alone, who is not categorized as an elderly or disabled family.
Individuals must be U.S. citizens or non-citizens with eligible immigration status. To receive assistance, applicants must provide evidence of citizenship or eligible immigration status. Each family member must declare their status one time. The LACDA will verify citizenship information with other eligibility factors.
Each family member, regardless of age, must sign a declaration of U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. The LACDA considers the citizenship/eligible immigration status of each family member individually before determining the family’s status.
Eligible immigrants must fall into one of the categories specified by the regulations, and must sign a consent form to have their status verified by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The LACDA will accept any of the following documents to confirm eligible immigration status:
- Resident Alien Card (I-551)
- Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151)
- Arrival-Departure Record (I-94)
- Temporary Resident Card (I-688)
- Employment Authorization Card (I-688B)
- A USCIS-issued receipt, for issuance of replacement of any of the above documents that shows individual’s entitlement has been verified
The LACDA may grant extensions if individuals need time to obtain the required documents.
One member of the applicant family must be a citizen or eligible immigrant to be eligible for assistance. A family that includes eligible and ineligible individuals may qualify for prorated assistance. The applicant family must provide the name(s) of any family member(s) who choose not to declare citizenship or eligible immigrant status.
Applicant families will be provided the opportunity to appeal the decision in a USCIS appeal process and an informal hearing.
PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
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