HACLA Issues 100% of EHV (Emergency Housing Voucher) Allocation
LOS ANGELES – Last year, on July 1st, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles received the second-largest allotment of Emergency Housing Vouchers nationwide to house the most vulnerable Angelinos. This came, thanks to the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, at a pivotal time during the COVID-19 pandemic, when homelessness and housing insecurity were at an all-time high. As of today, HACLA has issued 100% of these allocated (3,365) vouchers, which can be used in various jurisdictions, including the city of Los Angeles, LACDA, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Glendale.
These tenant-based vouchers, set to expire after 9 years, were specifically designed to assist individuals and families who are homeless or recently homeless; at risk of homelessness; and fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking. All applicant referrals for this program came to HACLA from the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) through their oversight of the countywide Continuum of Care.
“We’re very proud of achieving this milestone of issuance of all of these emergency vouchers,” said HACLA President & CEO, Doug Guthrie. “But this is only the beginning. The most important work begins now to help those voucher holders find available housing and enter into leases. We are relying heavily on landlords and property owners to join us in this fight to house our unhoused neighbors and get them off the streets.”
Interested landlords who partner with HACLA receive several benefits, including a $2,500 signing bonus (paid by HACLA), a security deposit up to two times the rental amount (paid by LAHSA), higher Voucher Payment Standards (VPS), free property listings, reliable payments and up to $5,000 one-time reimbursement for Contract Inspection Repairs (paid by HACLA).
To get started by listing available units, or to ask any questions about the Emergency Housing Voucher incentive program, contact EHV.IP@hacla.org.
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