Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Issuance: Joint Release with HACLA, LAHSA & LACDA
Los Angeles, CA - This press release is in response to social media and print media circulating throughout Los Angeles regarding the issuance of Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV). Additionally, several events/gatherings have occurred where individuals in attendance were under the belief that EHVs, including Section 8 or Housing Choice Vouchers, were to be issued. Unfortunately, this information is not correct.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) helps people experiencing homelessness connect with a network of community partners to secure a variety of housing services. Any unhoused individual or family may seek assistance by contacting LAHSA’s lead service providers. Attached is a list of the locations to begin the process of obtaining housing assistance. LAHSA administers several housing programs, including EHVs, and will match the individual to the appropriate one.
Under the American Rescue Plan Act, the Los Angeles region Continuum of Care received 6,011 EHVs. These vouchers were allocated to several public housing authorities (PHAs), including the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA), and several other smaller PHAs in the County. LAHSA is responsible for identifying qualifying candidates and submitting a referral to the appropriate PHA for eligibility determination and voucher issuance. The PHAs cannot issue any voucher without a referral from LAHSA, and there is no same-day voucher issuance.
As of March 30, 2022, approximately 54% of the EHVs in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care throughout the County have been issued by the appropriate PHA and individuals have been identified for the remaining EHVs. LAHSA and its community partners are completing applications at this time for the remaining referrals for submission to the PHAs.
Regarding the regular Section 8 or Housing Choice Voucher program, both the HACLA and LACDA Section 8 waitlists are currently closed and new names cannot be added at this time.
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) was established in 1938 by City of Los Angeles Resolution No. 1241. HACLA is one of the nation’s largest and leading public housing authorities, providing the largest supply of quality affordable housing to residents of the City of Los Angeles. HACLA provides affordable housing to over 83,000 households in its Public Housing and Section 8 departments, and offers a range of permanent supportive housing programs for homeless households, including: Project-Based, HUD – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, Homeless, Tenant Based Supportive Housing, Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA), Continuum of Care and Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program. For more information, visit www.hacla.org.
Eric Brown, Director, Intergovernmental & Media Relations
LAHSA is a joint powers authority of the city and county of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages federal, state, county, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.
Ahmad Chapman, Communications Director
As the County’s housing authority, the LACDA administers over 25,000 Housing Choice Vouchers and manages 2,962 public housing units and 267 affordable housing units. For more information visit www.lacda.org.
Elisa Vásquez, PIO
700 W. Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801