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How Long Do I Wait

For the Housing Choice Voucher Program

How long is the wait for assistance?
There are approximately 20,000 families on the waiting list at this time. The waiting list is currently closed.  Funding will not allow all of the families on the waiting list to be assisted.  The Housing Authority currently has funding to assist approximately 8,500 families. Once all funding has been expended, families can only be added when a family that is being assisted leaves the program.   

For the Affordable Public Housing Program

How long is the wait for assistance?
There are approximately 30,000 families on the waiting list at this time. The waiting list is currently open and accepting applications.  Applications are processed using the waiting list preferences as explained below and according to date of registration with the oldest applications first. At any time that the program is at 100% occupancy, families can only be assisted when a family that is being assisted leaves the program.

Am I eligible to be assisted soon?
Because of the shortage of funding, ranking or preferences have been set up to assist those who are the most needy and the least likely to be able to improve their situations in the short term.  The preferences are as follows:

WAITING LIST PREFERENCES

The HA has implemented the following preferences for drawing names from the waiting list.  In accordance with California State Law, at each level of preferences, veterans and/or active duty servicemen and their spouse or widower will have priority.  

The Housing Authority will release families to result in a lease up of: 

75% of the families will be at or below 30% of the median income (extremely low income), and 25% of the families will be between 30% and 50% of the median income (very low income). 

The release will be in accordance with Federal Regulations.  A family must meet both of the characteristics of a “Level of Preference”.  If the First Level of Preference releases do not satisfy the regulations regarding extremely low income families, releases will be done at the second Level of Preference and then to the Third Level of Preference until the 75% extremely low income requirement is met.   

 What are the 30% income limits? See row 2

What are the Section 8 income limits (50%)?  See row 3

What are the Affordable Public Housing Income limits (80%) See row 4

RIVERSIDE COUNTY INCOME LIMITS

Riverside County, California

FY 2013 Income Limit Area

Median Income

FY 2013 Income Limit Category

1 Person

2 Person

3 Person

4 Person

5 Person

6 Person

7 Person

8 Person

Riverside County

$60,700

Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits

$13,400

$15,300

$17,200

$19,100

$20,650

$22,200

$23,700

$25,250

Very Low (50%) Income Limits

$22,300

$25,500

$28,700

$31,850

$34,400

$36,950

$39,500

$42,050

Low (80%) Income Limits

$35,700

$40,800

$45,900

$50,950

$55,050

$59,150

$63,200

$67,300

Effective December 3, 2012

What does homeless mean?
”Homeless” means a family lives in a park or in a car or stays at a temporary shelter or that a homeless program is providing assistance in a motel.

What does working family mean?

To be considered a "Working family with minor or dependent children" for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household or spouse/cohead or sole member is employed and is working at least 32 hours per week at California minimum wage or higher for the last 60 days, or receiving State Disability or Workman’s Compensation or Unemployment in lieu of earnings provided that the person was employed and working at least 32 hours per week at California minimum wage for 60 days prior to receiving State Disability or Workman’s Compensation or Unemployment.  To be considered an "Elderly family" for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household or spouse must be 62 years of age or older. To be considered a "Disabled family" for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household or spouse/co-head must meet  HUD's definition of disability.                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  
What if I don’t meet the preferences?
If your situation does not match the requirements, the wait for assistance could be very long.  If your circumstances change, it is your responsibility to report the change to the Housing Authority so your waiting list registration can be updated.  You must meet all of the categories at the time your name is drawn from the waiting list and be able to provide verification. You can report changes in your family situation by completing a waiting list change form.

I am interested in obtaining employment, are there any programs available in the area to assist me?

The Workforce Development Centers provide education, job training and employment programs, services, and information to help with employment preparation needs.  You may find out more about their services and locations using the following link to access their website: http://www.rivcojobs.com/jobseekers/ (you will be leaving the website for the Housing Authority).

 

First Level of Preference
  • County of Riverside Residency Preference, and
  • Rent-burdened or homeless, and
  • Working Families with dependent or minor children or Elderly families or Disabled families

To meet the Riverside Residency preference, a family must live or work in Riverside County.

To meet the Rent Burdened preference, a family must be paying more than 30% of family income for rent.  In order to be given the preference of rent burdened, a family must provide evidence that is verifiable.

To be considered an Elderly family for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household or spouse/co-head must be 62 years of age or older. 

To be considered a Working family with minor or dependent children for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household and/or spouse/co-head or sole member must be working at least 32 hours per week at California minimum wage or higher for the last 60 days, or receiving Unemployment, State Disability or Workman’s Compensation in lieu of earnings provided that the person was employed and working at least 32 hours per week at California minimum wage for 60 days prior to receiving Unemployment, State Disability or Workman’s Compensation.

To be considered a "Disabled family" for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household or spouse/co-head must meet HUD's definition of disability.

How Long Do I Wait

For the Housing Choice Voucher Program

How long is the wait for assistance?
There are approximately 20,000 families on the waiting list at this time. The waiting list is currently closed.  Funding will not allow all of the families on the waiting list to be assisted.  The Housing Authority currently has funding to assist approximately 8,500 families. Once all funding has been expended, families can only be added when a family that is being assisted leaves the program.   

For the Affordable Public Housing Program

How long is the wait for assistance?
There are approximately 30,000 families on the waiting list at this time. The waiting list is currently open and accepting applications.  Applications are processed using the waiting list preferences as explained below and according to date of registration with the oldest applications first. At any time that the program is at 100% occupancy, families can only be assisted when a family that is being assisted leaves the program.

Am I eligible to be assisted soon?
Because of the shortage of funding, ranking or preferences have been set up to assist those who are the most needy and the least likely to be able to improve their situations in the short term.  The preferences are as follows:

WAITING LIST PREFERENCES

The HA has implemented the following preferences for drawing names from the waiting list.  In accordance with California State Law, at each level of preferences, veterans and/or active duty servicemen and their spouse or widower will have priority.  

The Housing Authority will release families to result in a lease up of: 

75% of the families will be at or below 30% of the median income (extremely low income), and 25% of the families will be between 30% and 50% of the median income (very low income). 

The release will be in accordance with Federal Regulations.  A family must meet both of the characteristics of a “Level of Preference”.  If the First Level of Preference releases do not satisfy the regulations regarding extremely low income families, releases will be done at the second Level of Preference and then to the Third Level of Preference until the 75% extremely low income requirement is met.   

 What are the 30% income limits? See row 2

What are the Section 8 income limits (50%)?  See row 3

What are the Affordable Public Housing Income limits (80%) See row 4

RIVERSIDE COUNTY INCOME LIMITS

Riverside County, California

FY 2013 Income Limit Area

Median Income

FY 2013 Income Limit Category

1 Person

2 Person

3 Person

4 Person

5 Person

6 Person

7 Person

8 Person

Riverside County

$60,700

Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits

$13,400

$15,300

$17,200

$19,100

$20,650

$22,200

$23,700

$25,250

Very Low (50%) Income Limits

$22,300

$25,500

$28,700

$31,850

$34,400

$36,950

$39,500

$42,050

Low (80%) Income Limits

$35,700

$40,800

$45,900

$50,950

$55,050

$59,150

$63,200

$67,300

Effective December 3, 2012

What does homeless mean?
”Homeless” means a family lives in a park or in a car or stays at a temporary shelter or that a homeless program is providing assistance in a motel.

What does working family mean?

To be considered a "Working family with minor or dependent children" for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household or spouse/cohead or sole member is employed and is working at least 32 hours per week at California minimum wage or higher for the last 60 days, or receiving State Disability or Workman’s Compensation or Unemployment in lieu of earnings provided that the person was employed and working at least 32 hours per week at California minimum wage for 60 days prior to receiving State Disability or Workman’s Compensation or Unemployment.  To be considered an "Elderly family" for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household or spouse must be 62 years of age or older. To be considered a "Disabled family" for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household or spouse/co-head must meet  HUD's definition of disability.                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  
What if I don’t meet the preferences?
If your situation does not match the requirements, the wait for assistance could be very long.  If your circumstances change, it is your responsibility to report the change to the Housing Authority so your waiting list registration can be updated.  You must meet all of the categories at the time your name is drawn from the waiting list and be able to provide verification. You can report changes in your family situation by completing a waiting list change form.

I am interested in obtaining employment, are there any programs available in the area to assist me?

The Workforce Development Centers provide education, job training and employment programs, services, and information to help with employment preparation needs.  You may find out more about their services and locations using the following link to access their website: http://www.rivcojobs.com/jobseekers/ (you will be leaving the website for the Housing Authority).

 

First Level of Preference
  • County of Riverside Residency Preference, and
  • Rent-burdened or homeless, and
  • Working Families with dependent or minor children or Elderly families or Disabled families

To meet the Riverside Residency preference, a family must live or work in Riverside County.

To meet the Rent Burdened preference, a family must be paying more than 30% of family income for rent.  In order to be given the preference of rent burdened, a family must provide evidence that is verifiable.

To be considered an Elderly family for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household or spouse/co-head must be 62 years of age or older. 

To be considered a Working family with minor or dependent children for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household and/or spouse/co-head or sole member must be working at least 32 hours per week at California minimum wage or higher for the last 60 days, or receiving Unemployment, State Disability or Workman’s Compensation in lieu of earnings provided that the person was employed and working at least 32 hours per week at California minimum wage for 60 days prior to receiving Unemployment, State Disability or Workman’s Compensation.

To be considered a "Disabled family" for the purpose of meeting the waiting list preference the head of household or spouse/co-head must meet HUD's definition of disability.

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