The Los Angeles Section 8 Voucher Lottery waitlist opens Monday. Here’s how to apply – NBC Los Angeles

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The City of Los Angeles has reopened the lottery waitlist for its Section 8 housing voucher program for the first time in five years.

Applications will be accepted until Sunday, October 30 at 5 p.m.

Vouchers allow low-income residents and families to subsidize their rents. The LA Housing Authority it is estimated that up to 30,000 households will benefit from this rental assistance program.

Here’s what you need to know.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be in the federal “very low income” category. For individual tenants, their annual income cannot exceed $41,700. The annual income threshold for a family of four is $59,550.

Vouchers are only available to US citizens, immigrants with legal clearance, or “mixed status” families with at least one household member who has legal immigration status.

See here more eligibility criteria.

How to apply?

Candidates must create an account via the online application portal.

The app is free. A valid email address is required to apply for the program.

Applications are only accepted online via smartphone, mobile device or computer with internet access. No applications will be accepted in person, by mail or by email.

For those who need free Internet access and help setting up an email account, assistance is available at LA City public libraries and other community organizations. See here for the list of assistance centers.

Applications are accepted 24 hours a day during the two-week period.

What are my chances?

An application does not guarantee a voucher.

And the chances of getting a good one are slim. When the city opened its Section 8 waitlist in 2017, more than 187,000 people submitted applications. Only 20,000 of them received vouchers.

This year, the number of vouchers available has increased, but given the pressure that the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation have put on people’s finances, the city expects to receive more than 365,000 new applications.

But city officials are encouraging all eligible Angelenos to try their luck to get the help they need.

“This lottery does not guarantee that you will receive a voucher or rental assistance, but it can get you one. And there’s a good chance you will in the future,” says LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Those lucky enough to be selected for the rental assistance program will have 180 days to secure housing. After the 6 month period, an unused voucher will be returned to the lottery so that it can be given to someone else on the waiting list.

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