In the modern American economy, money for most everybody is only getting tighter, no matter how many figures emerge saying that things are getting better. While for most people, this simply means foregoing things they want but do not need, for some people, the rising inflation and stagnating wages are become a serious threat to their ability to have food and shelter. This is particularly true in the state of California, where what was once the world's fifth largest economy is now on increasingly shaky ground financially. Fortunately, for those who seem to be without any other options, help is available in the form of Section 8 housing.
Section 8 housing is a public housing program in the United States administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, intended to provide a decent and safe place for low income people, the elderly and those with disabilities to live. This affordable housing was intended to allow those at risk of becoming homeless to have a form of housing they can reasonably afford on their income, in hopes that fewer people would be forced to become homeless. While this program has had some problems since it was instituted, many people would be out on the street were it not for Section 8 housing for rent across the country, not just in California.
Eligibility for Section 8 housing California is determined by the Housing Agency (HA) administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in your area. Eligibility for public housing is limited to those with low incomes and those who are likely to have low incomes, such as the disabled and the elderly. Eligibility is based on annual gross income, whether one qualifies as disabled or elderly, and finally United States citizenship or immigration statuses that are considered eligible for public housing, always the immigration statuses on the pathway towards full citizenship after some commitment to establishing citizenship has been established by the immigrant themselves.
To qualify for public housing, one must first fill out an application. Those who can reasonably be described to have problems filling out these applications can get an HA representative to assist them. Filling out the documentation can be a difficult process, and most people wishing to take advantage of public housing will need to produce birth certificates and tax returns, though the HA may well ask for other additional documentation to complete the application process. Additionally, if a person's habits are deemed to be problematic, usually a history of serious criminal activity or previous exploitation of the public housing programs, they may be denied the chance to use public housing.
If one can access these programs, the next step is to find public housing on a Section 8 housing list. These are lists put out by the government intended to connect the programs participants with currently available public housing units so that they can more easily find a participating housing complex and manage to move in with minimal difficulties once the person has been deemed in need of public housing and not a threat to the long term viability of a specific housing complex.
In the state of California, the state government allows apartment owners offer reduced rents to low income tenants in exchange for subsidies. These apartments are listed in the state HUD databases and a Public Housing Agency is generally capable of letting you know if there are any such apartments in your area and assist you with either public housing or housing choice vouchers. Help is available to people on the verge of becoming homeless, even in these harsh times, and public housing is but one way a low income family can get help.