As an entity of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, the Housing Authority administers the Housing Choice Voucher program, (HCV/formerly known as Section 8), on behalf of the City and County of Sacramento. The Housing Authority manages over 11,000 vouchers under the HCV program which assists very low-income families in renting decent, safe and sanitary rental units available on the open market. The families pay a portion of their income toward rent and the Housing Authority, with funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, pays the remainder. The rental unit must pass regular inspections and the rental amount must be approved, but the voucher holder chooses where to live. 

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How to Apply for the Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV/formerly Section 8) Tenant Based Wait List is currently closed. See the information below about other affordable housing wait list options.

Notice of Other Open and Closed Wait Lists

Wait lists for the Public Housing (CNV) Program and Project Based Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program are open for selected sites and bedroom sizes subject to periodic changes. 

Use the link below (www,sacwaitlist.com) to see the current list of open and closed sites and bedroom units and apply online for open wait lists using any device with Internet access at www.sacwaitlist.com.

Participation in the Housing Choice Voucher Program requires that a pre-application be submitted to determine eligibility for the program. Eligible pre-applicants are placed on a wait list and are contacted when a housing unit for which they are eligible becomes available. Other requirements such as a criminal background check and landlord reference check must be completed prior to admission into the program.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the HCV Program.

Click here to find out about other housing opportunities and wait lists.

Additional information about the application process is available below.

Informal Hearing Process

If the Housing Authority determines that an applicant has not met the requirements for the program, the family will be notified decision of the Housing Authority in writing. The notice will contain:
  • The reason(s) they are ineligible 
  • The procedure for requesting a review if the applicant does not agree with the decision
  • The time limit for requesting a review.
The applicant will be given the option of presenting oral or written reasons why they disagree with the decision of the Housing Authority. Both the Housing Authority and the family may present evidence and witnesses. The family may use an attorney or other representative to assist them at their own expense.
As a reasonable accommodation, the review may be conducted by telephone.
After the review has been completed the family will be notified in writing of the Housing Authority's decision. The notice shall include the decision and an explanation of the reasons for the decision.

For more information about the Housing Choice Voucher program, contact the Housing Authority at (916) 440-1390 or email intake@shra.org.