The Housing Authority is unable to estimate the waiting period to receive assistance. Many factors determine when the applicant is called off the waiting list, but in general the average wait is between four to ten years.
The Anaheim Housing Authority (AHA) does not have emergency assistance program. Unfortunately, AHA cannot provide immediate assistance.
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The main difference between the two programs is that the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) is tenant-based assistance, meaning that the tenant may use the assistance in any unit of their choice, provided the property owner is willing to accept it. The Project-based Voucher (PBV) assistance is tied to the unit, meaning that the tenant who lives in the assisted unit, receives the assistance while they live in the unit.
The HCV waiting list is closed and is not accepting new applicants. At this time we cannot anticipate when it will be re-opened.
The PBV waiting list is currently open. Only those who live or work in Anaheim may apply. If you apply, but do not live or work in Anaheim, your application will be denied.
Persons who live in unincorporated areas of Anaheim do not qualify for the AHA live/work preference. If you meet the live/work preference, you may complete the online application.
You may check the status of your application here: https://housingportal.anaheim.net/AHAStatusCheck/. You will need your account number or social security number to check your application status online. Online, we can only confirm you have an application on file and the date that you applied, to ensure your confidentiality.
To confirm any other information (for example; what address we have on file), you must come into the office and provide proper identification.
You update your application when:
Change of address. AHA will contact you by mail when your name reaches the top of the waiting list. It is important that you provide updated address information to AHA. If AHA is unable to contact you and/or your mail is returned as undeliverable by the post office, your name will be removed from the waiting list.
Change in family composition: When you reach the top of the waiting list, AHA will confirm information you have provided regarding the number of persons who will be a part of your household. The number of persons in your household can determine when you are called for assistance.
Change in income: You should report any significant changes in your household income as they occur. For applicants, AHA considers changes of $500 or more annually, up or down, to be a significant change. Your income level can determine the order in which you are called for assistance.
Change in Place of Employment: AHA provides a preference in admissions for persons who live or work in Anaheim. If you are seeking a preference based on your employment status, it is important that you advise AHA if you or any adult household member had obtained or lost qualifying employment in the City of Anaheim.
To make a correction or to update your application to the waiting list, download this from. https://www.anaheim.net/DocumentCenter/View/1287/Pre-Application-UpdateCorrection-Request. Mail the complete form to: AHA, PO Box 3222, Anaheim, CA 92803
Please allow six to eight weeks for the correction to be processed.
I received a Section 8 Rental Assistance Intake Application Packet by mail; now what?
When will I be contacted after I send in my packet?
Who must attend the appointment and why?
When will I get a voucher (or referral if applying for a Project Based (PBV) property)?
How long does this entire process take?