The Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin (HACSJ) administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program(HCV, formerly known as the Section 8 program) funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides rental assistance and homeownership subsidy assistance to extremely low, very low and low income households in the San Joaquin County. The program’s objective is to allow eligible families to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.
Under the HCV rental assistance program, participants who are issued a voucher are able to select a housing unit within a neighborhood of their choice from a property owner willing to participate in the program. Participants are allowed to pay at least 30% of their income towards rent; however, the rent must not exceed rents charged for similar unassisted units. All rental units under the HCV program must meet the minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the HACSJ.
Under the homeownership program, assistance is available to HCV participants who meet the home ownership eligibility requirements. The homeownership program allows first time homebuyers to use the voucher subsidy to meet monthly homeownership expenses. The homeownership program has a maximum term of 15 years. There are exceptions for disabled families. This program is limited.
TheFamily Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)is an innovative, voluntary program that helps HCV participants achieve economic independence over a five-year period. Participants work with a case manager, to assess their strengths, identify barriers, set goals and achieve them. Participants are able to accrue an escrow savings account, managed by the HACSJ, while earning income. For more information about the HCV programs, contact (209) 460-5000.
Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin