Applicant Information


Section 8 assistance is available only to U.S. citizens, non-citizens with legal immigration status, and "mixed families" (families in which at least one, but not all members have eligible immigration status). Assistance to mixed families will be prorated. The same program rules and regulations for determining eligibility status for Section 8 rental assistance apply to everyone.

To be eligible, the household must be either a family or a single person whose income does not exceed the area limits as set by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD establishes annual income limits by family size as:

  • Extremely Low Income = Income does not exceed the higher of the federal poverty level or 30% of area median income
  • Very Low Income = 50% of area median income
  • Low Income = 80% of area median income.
HUD's income limits for the Los Angeles area are in the table below. Only families meeting Extremely Low and Very Low Income standards are eligible for Section 8 assistance. Low Income standards are used only when, under certain circumstances, owners convert from a project-based to a tenant-based program. Congress requires that 75% of new admissions to the tenant-based program and 40% of new admissions to the project-based programs be Extremely Low Income. The remaining new admissions may not exceed the Very Low Income limit.

FY 2015 Public Housing & Section 8 Income Limits (Effective 3/6/2015) 


Number of Persons

Extremely Low Income
Very Low Income 
50% of Median
Low Income
80% of Median
$ 71,750
For Very Low Income and Low Income Families the eight-person limit is 132% of the four-person limit. For families with more than eight persons, for each person in excess of 8, add 8% of the four-person base to the eight person income limit, then round to the nearest $50. For example for the Very Low Income limit for a nine-person family would be 132% + 8% or 140% of the four-person base of 40,750 for a total amount of $57,050 [140% x 40,750 = 57,050 which rounds to 57,050].

The Section 8 application process is closed until further notice.

Content Last Updated: March 16, 2015