How to Apply for Section 8 Housing In San Diego Hassle-Free

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How to Apply for Section 8 Housing In San Diego Hassle-Free

San Diego is one of the most populated cities in the US, with a population of 1.4 million people in 490,219 households. According to the US Census, the median gross rent in San Diego is high, at $1,695, but the median household income is $79,673, which is above the national average. On the flip side, the poverty rate in San Diego is 12.8%. Individuals and families who are unable to afford the high rental rates in San Diego often turn to the San Diego Housing Commission to obtain rental assistance through the federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

Section 8 housing is a federal program overseen by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in conjunction with local and state housing authorities such as the San Diego Housing Commission. The goal of Section 8 is to provide low-income households with safe, clean housing by providing vouchers to pay for rent and utility expenses. If you are in need of affordable housing, DoNotPay can help you determine your eligibility and apply for .

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher in San Diego, California

In San Diego, the amount subsidized by Section 8 is determined based on the household income. The household pays a specific percentage of their income to the landlord, and the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) pays the rest, up to the prescribed payment standard, or the maximum amount the SDHC can pay toward a household's rent. Any remaining balance above the payment standard is the responsibility of the household.

The SDHC has also established a Path to Success initiative to help households reduce their reliance on Section 8 subsidies over time. Those seeking rental assistance are divided into Work-Able or Elderly/Disabled categories. Work-Able households receive subsidies based on their income levels and are invited to participate in SDHC Achievement Academy learning programs to grow their earning potential. As Work-Able households increase their income, their subsidies are adjusted in order to avoid penalizing them for earning more. The ultimate goal of the Path to Success program is to help Work-Able households increase their income without compromising their financial stability.

San Diego Section 8 HCV Eligibility

Per HUD requirements, 75% of households that use Section 8 vouchers must have an annual income at or below 30% of the area median income (AMI). For the remaining 25%, income for eligible households is capped at 80% of San Diego's AMI. Eligibility is based on a combination of HUD and SDHC requirements, as follows:

  • Applicants must live or work within San Diego city limits. See Areas Served for location details.
  • Individuals or families experiencing homelessness are eligible to apply.

Several factors determine whether or not you are eligible for Section 8 housing:

Income EligibilityYou are making at or below the posted poverty line in your state. You are considered at the lowest income level if your family brings in only 30 percent or less of the average income in your area. You are still considered very low income if you only bring in 50 percent of that income and low income for 80 percent.
Age EligibilityIf you are above a certain age and still not bringing in enough income, you may qualify for Section 8 housing. Depending on a fixed income, those who are 65 and older could find themselves meeting these requirements.
Disability EligibilityIf you have been deemed disabled and unable to work, you are eligible for assistance, even as the head of household.

Additional information pertaining to San Diego's Public Housing Agency and administration of the HCV program can be found in SDHCD's Administrative Plan. Keep in mind that even if you meet the requirements, there is a long waiting list for rental assistance in San Diego. Some applicants may wait as long as ten years for a voucher.

Apply for San Diego Section 8 Housing on Your Own

When you apply for , be sure to only submit one application. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Go to the SDHC Rental Assistance Application.
  2. Enter all appropriate information. Follow the instructions closely, as incorrect or missing information may disqualify your application.
  3. Submit your application. You will be provided with a confirmation number.
  4. Print the confirmation page or write down the confirmation number in a safe, accessible place where you won't lose it.
  5. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be placed on the waiting list.
  6. When your name reaches the top of the waiting list, you will receive a letter from the SDHC with further instructions.

Keep your information updated, especially if your address changes. Use this form to make any changes. If you do not reply to all letters from the SDHC regarding your rental assistance application, or if your mail is returned to the SDHC, you will be removed from the waiting list.

SDHC also provides a number of resources to assist you with your housing search after you receive a voucher, including

Streamline Your Application for San Diego Section 8 HCV Through DoNotPay

Determining your eligibility and submitting a detailed application for can be confusing. Fortunately, DoNotPay can help you find the right place to apply, establish your eligibility requirements, and submit your application. Simply follow these two 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.

Why DoNotPay Should Be Your Go-to for Section 8 Eligibility Checks

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  • Fast—Eliminate the time you would spend on hold, filling out forms, and researching eligibility requirements.
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  • Successful—Our services are engineered to give you the best possible chance for program acceptance.

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