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This website was updated on:
June 5, 2014

 

About Section 8

    

Section 8 News

 

Upland Housing Authority’s
Section 8 Waiting List is Closed

If you applied, you can check the status of your pre-application online at www.waitlistcheck.com

If you applied in February 2014, your status will display as "inactive" until UHA has processed all pre-applications.  Due to the high volume of pre-applications that will be received, please allow a minimum of 30 days for your application to be processed before checking your status online.

If you need to update your contact information (address, telephone number, or email address) click here.

Updated 2/26/2014

 

The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) is accepting applications for its Public Housing, Senior Housing, and project-based Section 8 programs.  Click here to visit the HACSB website, and use the links at the right side of the page for more information.

 

The UHA Bulletin, Upland Housing Authority's newsletter for participants and landlords of the Section 8 program, is available online!  Click here to check it out and see what's new at the Upland Housing Authority.

About the Section 8 Program

The housing choice voucher program (Section 8) is designed to help very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.

Eligibility
Eligibility for the Section 8 program is determined based on annual gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. Citizens and non-citizens who hold eligible immigration status. The family’s income cannot exceed 50% of the median income for the area (see Income Limits). Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location, so you may qualify in one area but not in another.

Waiting List
Because the demand for housing assistance exceeds the limited resources available to HUD and to the Upland Housing Authority, UHA maintains a waiting list for the Section 8 program. Long waiting periods are common. In fact, UHA closes its waiting list when there are more families on the list than can be assisted in the near future.

Application Process
During the application process UHA collects information about a family’s income, assets, and composition. This information will be verified with other local agencies, employers and banks, and is used to determine program eligibility and the amount of the housing assistance payment. Please see Income Verification Info for important new information about HUD's new income verification system.
If it is determined that the family is eligible they will be placed onto the waiting list. When they are reached on the waiting list UHA will contact the family to issue them a voucher. The voucher issued will specify what size unit the family is eligible for (based on family size and composition).  
Please Note:
Due to financial limitations,
the waiting list for the Section 8 program is currently closed.  Please check back to this website for updates about when the waiting list will reopen.

Selecting A Unit
The Section 8 program places the choice of housing in the hands of the family. Voucher holders are responsible for finding their own units and negotiating agreements with the landlord over the lease terms. Once a unit is found it is inspected by UHA to verify it meets standards of health and safety and the rent requested is reasonable. If the unit is acceptable, the family will be able to move in. The family is required to pay 30% of its adjusted gross income for rent and utilities (see Utility Allowances), and UHA pays the difference between this amount and the actual amount charged for rent directly to the landlord. If the rent charged is greater than the published payment standard (see Payment Standards) the family will be required to pay the additional amount, as long as the family’s payment does not exceed 40% of adjusted gross income.

Leasing
Once UHA has approved the eligible family’s housing unit, the family and the landlord will sign a lease. At the same time, the landlord and UHA will sign a housing assistance payments contract which will run for the same term as the lease. This means that everyone - landlord, tenant, and UHA - has obligations and responsibilities under the program.

Relocating
The Section 8 program is designed to allow families to move without the loss of housing assistance. Moves are permissible as long as the family notifies UHA ahead of time, terminates its existing lease within the lease provisions, and finds acceptable alternate housing. If you are an existing voucher-holder and are interested in moving, see Portability or contact your worker for more information and to verify procedures.

Tenant’s Obligations
When a family selects a housing unit and the unit and lease have been approved by UHA, the family will sign a lease for at least one year. The tenant may be required to pay a security deposit to the landlord. Once settled into the unit, the family is expected to comply with the lease and program requirements, to pay its share of the rent on time, to maintain the unit in good condition, and to notify UHA of any changes in income or family composition.

Landlord’s Obligations
The landlord is expected to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing to a tenant at a reasonable rent. The dwelling unit must meet UHA’s quality standards and be maintained up to those standards for as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments from UHA on behalf of a voucher-holder. Additionally, the landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the tenant and the contract signed with UHA.

Updated 9/25/2013

 

Housing Authority of the City of Upland, California

1200 N. Campus Avenue, Upland, California  91786
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