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Register Online

On July 1, 2015, the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside opened the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waiting list. Registrations for all programs are accepted ONLINE. You can register by clicking on the appropriate link below. If you want to register or update your information on the waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher(Section 8), Mod Rehab or waiting lists for the Project Based Voucher Program, please click on the appropriate link below. Please note that you must have a valid social security number in order to complete the Online Registration forms below.

Register: Online Registration for Housing - in English

Register: Registracion para la Asistencia de Vivienda - en Español

If you do not have a social security number, you can complete the registration form here. If you have a social security number, you must use one of the two links above or your registration will not be added.

If you do not have internet access, please click the following link for more information: Computer Resource Listing 
You may also access a computer and apply online at the Housing Authority office located at 5555 Arlington Ave Riverside 92504 Monday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm.


If you are disabled and need special accessibility features, please visit our informational page concerning accommodation.


Waiting List Preferences

The Housing Authority (HA) has implemented the following preferences for selecting 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 widow/er will have priority. The Housing Authority will release families to result in a lease up of:

For the Section 8 Program: 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.


County of Riverside Residency Preference, and

  1. Qualified veterans, or
  2. Elderly family who is homeless or at-risk of being homeless and is referred by Adult Protective Services (APS), a division within the County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services, or
  3. Families or Foster Care Youth referred to the HA by the Riverside County Public Child Welfare Agency (PCWA) for admission through the Family Unification Program (HUD designated special purpose vouchers), or
  4. Participants who have utilized a special rental assistance program administered by (or under contract/Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with) the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside for a minimum of a six (6) month term and no longer require supportive services; or
  5. Participants transitioning or “moving up” who have been assisted through a Permanent Supportive Housing Program administered by a partnering agency and no longer require intensive supportive services; or
  6. Non-elderly persons at least 18 years of age and less than 62 years of age with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional and other segregated settings, at serious risk of institutionalization, homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, or
  7. Families whose head of household, spouse or co-head are receiving temporary emergency shelter services through the County’s Project RoomKey program effective March 20, 2020 and are 65 years of age and older or were pregnant at time of admission to Project RoomKey.



County of Riverside Residency Preference, and

  1. Families with minors or Elderly Families or Disabled Families


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

To meet the Qualified Veteran preference, the following definitions apply:

VETERAN (Qualified):  A person who has a DD-214 or equivalent showing the branch of service, length of service and characterization of service in accordance to California Military and Veterans Code Section 980

For a widow/widower of a Veteran to be qualified for the Veterans preference, the registrant must supply the birth certificates, marriage certificate and death certificate.

VETERAN FAMILY: Veteran family means a veteran who is a single person or a family in which the head of household, or the spouse of the head of household, is a veteran.

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 "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.

The wait time for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waiting list at the Second Level Preference tier may be several years or more.

The wait time for the Project-Based Voucher waiting lists may be shorter depending upon vacancies. Each of these waiting lists have similar preferences with additional requirements for credit and landlord references.

If you need affordable housing while you wait for assistance, please see our Affordable Housing page. If you need emergency assistance please see our resources page.

*Remember that it is the registrant's responsibility to keep the waiting list information current at all times. If you fail to report a new address, your registration will be cancelled. If you fail to respond to mailings or if mail is returned to the Housing Authority as undeliverable, your registration will be cancelled. Registrants on the waiting list may use the following link to access the online change reporting page at:

There are also a limited number of registrants selected that meet the qualifications for an Extraordinary Local Preference.  In order to be selected for this preference, special events must have occurred.  Events such as displacement by government action (like having to move so a freeway can be built) or witness protection program through the District Attorney's office. To be considered for this preference, directors from the agencies involved must request and certify the need.

This program has limited funding and we are not able to help all that register for assistance. If you do not meet all of the above preferences, the wait for assistance will be quite long.

For a flow chart of how Section 8 works there is a pdf file available here
*If you do not have an Adobe Acrobat reader, you can download the reader free at Adobe

If you have questions about your registration, you can call 951-351-0700. If you have registered and did not receive a confirmation letter, please submit another registration.


For current income limits click here.

In addition to income requirements, families must provide proof of legal residence in the United States, any Social Security number to which they have been assigned and must sign consent forms to verify the income and assets that they have reported. The Housing Authority will check on the criminal record of adult family members and check to see if any member is required to register as a sexual offender. Families that have a member or members who have engaged in violent criminal activity or drug related criminal activity are, in most cases, not eligible for housing assistance. Families with members that are required to register as sexual offenders are not eligible for public housing or the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Please see our participant obligations and the Zero Tolerance Policy page for more information.

Renting to Relatives under Section 8 is prohibited. The regulation, 24 CFR 982.306 (d) now reads "The HA must not approve a unit if the owner is the parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sister, or brother of any member of the family unless the HA determines that approving the unit would provide reasonable accommodation for a family member who is a person with disabilities." The regulation effective date is June 17, 1998. The owner is prohibited from living in the assisted unit.

Facts and Reminders.

The subsidy standards used by the Housing Authority in determining the number of bedrooms each family is authorized is as follows. One bedroom will be assigned for every two nucleus household members, regardless of familial status, age or gender, except when such member is a pregnant woman. A living room may be used as a bedroom/sleeping space for up to two persons.  Non-nucleus members are not assigned a subsidy. This policy is in keeping with Federal Regulations that require the Housing Authority to designate standards that provide for the smallest number of bedrooms needed to house a family without overcrowding. Please see the Code of Federal Regulations 24 Part 982.402 (1). Families that are moving or who have had a recent change in the family composition may have a change in the number of bedrooms that they are authorized on the Voucher. All families selected from the waiting list will be issued Vouchers based on these subsidy standards. Families with Vouchers will be reviewed at annual re-examination time and the current voucher payment standards must be applied.

Here is the procedure for the way names are selected from the waiting list for Section 8 assistance. When your name reaches the top of the waiting list, you will be notified by mail and are required to provide verification that you meet the preferences above.  If all eligibility requirements are met, you will need to attend an orientation/briefing to receive your voucher and additional information on how the program works. If you do not meet any of the preferences explained above your registration will be returned.

If you want more information on the Public Housing Reform Act, there is a Summary Page in this site.


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