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The rules and regulations for the Section 8 Housing Program are determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The success of the program depends on the local housing authority (HA) being able to contract with property owners and managers who have decent and safe rental units. Participation by owners is voluntary; however, many low income families in our community rely on property owners like you, who are willing to participate in the program. In most communities, there is a shortage of decent and affordable housing. The subsidy that comes with the Section 8 program helps families and individuals to rent units in many different neighborhoods. Participant families include seniors, persons with disabilities, and families with young children, and working families who do not earn enough to keep pace with rising rental housing costs.

Under the Section 8 Program, property owners retain the same rights and responsibilities that they have under California State law. They use their own rental agreement or lease and decide what the term of tenancy will be. The tenant has the same obligations as any tenant under State law. The HA’s subsidy does not change the normal owner/tenant relationship. The main difference is that each month the property owner will receive two payments for the tenant’s rent – one from the tenant, which is about 30% of his or her income, and the balance from the HA. The program has changed in recent years and the changes are very positive ones for property owners.

The HA works in a partnership with both the property owner and the tenant and can serve as a liaison between the two.

A form called the Vacancy Listing Form has been provided so that you can list any vacancies you currently have or will have in the near future. To access this form, click on link below. For additional information, call Tracy Becker at (707) 565-7518.

Frequently Asked Questions About Section 8 for Owners

Program Description

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