In 1975, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) implemented the Section 8 Program. The Section 8 program is financed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide rent subsidies in the form of housing assistance payments (HAP) to private landlords on behalf of extremely low, very low-income individuals/families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. An eligible family receives assistance by means of a voucher which is used to rent a unit. The unit the family chooses must meet the Section 8 Housing Quality Standards and the rent must be reasonable. The owner of the unit must agree to abide by HUD and HACLA regulations. Section 8 participants pay about 30% of their income towards their rent and HUD pays the rest of the rent to the owner.
The objective is to provide affordable, decent, and safe housing for eligible families, while increasing a family's residential mobility and choice. HACLA, a state chartered public housing agency since 1938, now administers the second largest Section 8 Program in the Country.
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