General tips for renters, as well as information on finding affordable housing, are available on-line at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The severe shortage of affordable housing means there are almost always waiting lists. Finding a subsidized apartment or getting help with paying your rent involves first getting on one or more waiting lists. Many times waiting lists are closed because they are so long it doesn't make sense to add additional names. To further complicate matters, there is no central listing of all the affordable apartments in the City of Los Angeles. If you or someone you know needs a subsidized apartment you may want to contact the agencies and apartment owners below.
Publicly-subsidized, privately-owned affordable apartments
The federal, state and city are all involved in subsidizing private companies and non-profit housing developers to build, own and manage new affordable apartments. There is no centralized list or application for these apartments. Rather, to apply you must contact the private company or non-profit that owns or manages the building. There are three lists available on-line, but none is complete so be sure you check all three.
- Los Angeles Housing Department Affordable Housing Roster
- U.S. HUD Subsidized Apartment Search
- Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties
Government-owned public housing
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) has more than 8,000 apartments in over 60 locations including large public housing projects and apartment buildings scattered throughout the City. You can register for the public housing waiting list, which is usually shorter than the Section 8 waiting list, on-line at www.hacla.org or in person at the following locations:
Housing Authority Application Center
515 S. Columbia Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Telephone: (213) 353-1000
(between Witmer and Valencia, North of 6th Street)
Housing Authority Central Offices
2600 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Housing Authority Property Management Department
8121 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 650
Panorama City, CA 91402
Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Friday
Many Public Housing Sites:
The addresses of public housing projects accepting applications in person are listed on HACLA's website at www.hacla.org.