How to Get Section 8 Housing from Fresno Housing Authority Quickly

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How to Get Section 8 Housing from Fresno Housing Authority Quickly

Every person deserves to live in a safe, secure, habitable house. However, not everyone in Fresno County can afford the total rent of a good apartment. Fortunately, is one of the PHAs (Public Housing Agencies) in California, and it serves Fresno County.

Essentially, Fresno Housing Authority (FHA) helps low-income families access safe and sanitary housing through public housing, section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs. The authority is mandated to facilitate the application of section 8 vouchers, awarding the vouchers to deserving applicants, and approving section 8 rental apartments.

Although the Fresno Housing Authority waiting list is several primarily months full, at least one opening every year lasts about two weeks. Unfortunately, it's challenging to tell when the following listing will be open. And even if you were to, the application process can be complicated. But all hope is not lost. DoNotPay's Rental Assistance product can help you find whether Fresno Housing Authority has any openings and help you through the section 8 application process.

How Does Fresno Section 8 Housing Application Work?

Eligible Fresno County residents submit their applications to the Fresno Housing Authority. If your application is accepted, you're added to the waiting list. Unfortunately, many applications can be rejected even if you meet all eligibility requirements. There are many applicants, but only a limited number of vouchers or the waiting list placement depends on a random lottery.

It may take some time (several months) before you know your waiting list status. After the processing, the will confirm your placement via mail, or you can check by logging into your online portal. Once you receive your voucher, you can find a section 8 approved rental apartment of your choice within Fresno. Typically, you'll pay 30% of your adjusted monthly income to the landlord as rent, while the voucher caters for the rest of the rent up to a specific limit.

Who Is Eligible for Section 8 Housing?

As with other PHAs in California, Fresno Housing Authority uses almost the same criteria to determine who is eligible to apply for section 8 housing vouchers in Fresno County. The following is considered before you can be allowed to apply:

IncomeLow-income families have higher priority.
Family size and statusFamilies with senior citizens, children, or disabled are susceptible; hence, they may be prioritized.
CitizenshipYou must be an 18+ years US citizen with relevant government-issued papers or an immigrant with the eligible status.
Criminal recordYou can be disqualified depending on your past criminal history.
Eviction historyIf you have been ejected in the past from public housing or HCV program for illegal dealings or similar cases, you might not be eligible.

How to Get a Housing Choice Voucher in Fresno, CA

Various PHAs allow applicants to apply for HCV through the mail, phone, or visit the office in person. However, the Fresno Housing Authority application can only be accepted through the online portal. However, you can check your waiting list status by:

  1. Logging to your portal
  2. Visiting the Fresno Housing Authority during office hours is usually 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday. The address is 1331 Fulton St., Fresno, CA 93721
  3. Call the agency's number, 559-443-8400

Reasons You May Lose Your Section 8 Voucher

You may lose your Section 8 housing voucher under the following circumstances:

  • Failure to report the people in your household and their net income
  • Any form of criminal activity
  • Violation of the lease agreement
  • Disturbing behaviors towards neighbors

Use DoNotPay to Apply for Section 8 Vouchers in Fresno County, California

The competition for affordable Fresno County low-income housing is very high. Therefore, section 8 applications in Fresno, CA, are closed shortly after opening due to an influx of applicants. DoNotPay wouldn't want you to miss out on the next HCV application in Fresno County. Or go through frustrating processes to get your application through. With our Rental Assistance product, you can check whether there is any open FHA program, check your eligibility for application, and help you apply fast, conveniently, and successfully.

If you want to apply for Section 8 Housing in Fresno County but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 2 easy steps:

  1. Answer a few questions about your income, family size, veteran/disability status, which county you hope to live in, etc.
  2. DoNotPay will find the PHA in charge of that county and contact them with all of your eligibility information to determine if you can start applying. They'll get back to you directly via email with the next steps.

We have helped thousands get rental support from different PHAs across the United States. We can also help you increase the chances of waitlist placement by enabling you to apply to more than one opening in your local public housing agency.

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