**EXTENSION OF COVID-19 WAIVERS AND ALTERNATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM**
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present significant challenges for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Ana (CA093) (SAHA) to carry out our normal operations. In order to mitigate the health risks posed by COVID-19 to SAHA staff, families, landlords, and our community at large, SAHA is extending the waivers we previously adopted on April 21, 2020 and extended on July 20,2020 and November 30, 2020. SAHA is also adopting four new waivers. Specifically, SAHA is adopting these waivers for several statutory and regulatory requirements as authorized by HUD’s Notice PIH 2021-14 dated May 4, 2021 for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The waivers and alternative requirements previously established in Notices PIH 2020-05, PIH 2020-13, PIH 2020-20, PIH 2020-22 and PIH 2020-33 remain effective as of the date of publication of those notices. SAHA may adopt the use of any of these waivers at any time during the period of availability. SAHA's adoption of these four new waivers have the following impacts: 1) third-party income verification requirements for applicants to the Housing Choice Voucher Program; 2) policy changes in the Administrative Plan; 3) initial lease terms for Mainstream the Mainstream Voucher Program; and 4) definition of a non-elderly family for the Mainstream Voucher Program. SAHA is required to notify affected residents of the impact of applicable waivers and alternative requirements. The list of all waivers and alternative requirements we have adopted have also been posted publicly on our webpage.
To view the Extension of COVID-19 Waivers as of 05/20/2021, Click Here
To View PIH Notice (PIH 2021-14) (HA), Click Here
**Addressing Tenant Concerns Regarding Rent and the Temporary Suspension of Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent**
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed this flyer to provide Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) participants with important information and resources about paying rent during the national emergency concerning the coronavirus pandemic.
El Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de los Estados Unidos (HUD) desarrolló este volante para proporcionar información importante a los participantes de programas de Cupones de Elección de Vivienda (HCV, por sus siglas en inglés), Vivienda Pública y Sección 8 de Rehabilitación Moderada (Mod Rehab), y recursos relacionados con el pago del alquiler durante la emergencia nacional por la pandemia del coronavirus.
Bộ Gia Cư và Phát triển Đô thị Hoa Kỳ (HUD) thiết kế tờ thông tin này nhằm cung cấp cho những người dân tham gia chương trình Phiếu Chọn Nhà (HCV), Nhà ở Xã hội và Chương trình Cải tạo Nhà Vừa phải (Mod Rehab) Theo Mục 8 các thông tin quan trọng và các nguồn trợ giúp về việc trả tiền thuê nhà trong tình trạng khẩn cấp quốc gia liên quan đến đại dịch coronavirus.
Many Congrats to Maria Hodson for being recognized at the Drive-in Movie Night Ceremony, held at the Great Park, in Irvine on 11/21/2020. Maria received the Unsung Hero award as part of the United to End Homelessness Initiative, empowered by United Way. Thank you Maria for your continued excellent service to our community!
Congratulations to Victoria Nguyen on her retirement from the City of Santa Ana after 20 years of service. It is with great appreciation that we celebrate your departure from our team and the start of your next adventure. May you find and experience so much joy and happiness in your retirement as you have created for so many others. And since the day you started with us in June 2000 to your last day, your positive impact on the lives of our families and community will continue on for decades to come. From all of us here at the City of Santa Ana, Thank You for your service.
~ Judson Brown
Housing Division Manager
HUD Secretary Ben Carson recognizes the tremendous efforts made by the City of Santa Ana Housing Authority to provide housing and supportive services with the Foster Youth to Independence Initiative in Orange County. This is an important new initiative to target housing assistance to young people aging out of foster care and who are at extreme risk of experiencing homelessness.
Congratulations to our 2019 Housing Plus Program graduates who received recognition for their efforts at our Council Meeting!
Welcome to the Santa Ana Housing Authority. Our program provides rental assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government's largest program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford healthy and safe housing in the private market. With a housing voucher, participants are able to choose their own housing, including single-family homes, town homes and apartments. Housing assistance is then provided on behalf of the family or individual to the landlord.
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's current residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by HUD and the Santa Ana Housing Authority.
Once a suitable housing unit is found and the family is determined eligible for that unit, a housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Santa Ana Housing Authority on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the contract rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
The Santa Ana Housing Authority Waiting List is currently open only for U.S. Military Veterans who live or work in the City of Santa Ana. A DD-214 Form is required. If you are a U.S. Military Veteran who lives or works in Santa Ana, please go to our On-line Application to Submit an Application.
If you want to check on the status or view your application, please go to:
Santa Ana Housing Authority
PO Box 22030
Santa Ana, CA 92702
The Santa Ana Housing Authority is located in City Hall, 1st floor, Building 20, Civic Center Plaza in downtown Santa Ana and is open Monday through Thursday and every other Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
There are three other Public Housing Authorities in Orange County that also provide housing assistance. Click on the links below to be taken to their websites:
There are also apartment complexes throughout Orange County that are required to set their rents at affordable levels. Each complex maintains its own waiting list. Please check our Affordable Housing Database or the County's website for more information.
2-1-1 Orange County runs a comprehensive information and referral system for Orange County, CA. 211OC provides a resource database of health and human services and support, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online and through our multi-lingual hotline, connecting people quickly and effectively to existing programs and disaster response information. Just dial 2-1-1. We connect people of all income levels and language and cultural backgrounds to resources tailored to their needs and circumstances, taking into account accessibility, eligibility requirements and other factors through live assistance from highly-trained and certified Information & Referral Specialists or through our searchable online resource database.
Click here for a Pocket Guide with resources in the North Service Planning Area.
Click here for a Pocket Guide with resources in the Central Service Planning Area.
Click here for a Pocket Guide with resources in the South Service Planning Area.