Khamis: Section 8—open for business

While there is an ever-growing need for housing to support low-income residents due to the real lack of affordable housing, there are programs that help lower income families find and rent homes.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, better known as the “Section 8” program, allows private housing providers to rent out their apartments and homes at fair market rates to qualified low-income tenants. The rental subsidy is administered by the Santa Clara County Housing Authority and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In Santa Clara County, the program has been closed to new applicants since 2006, and even then, the program only opened for five days, received 60,000 applicants and then closed again. After 15 years of dwindling down the waiting list, the county housing authority has opened the program once again to new applicants. However, the program will operate very differently moving forward.

Applicants can now apply…

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