Housing Authority Landlord Newsletter: April 2022

Posted on April 25, 2022

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In this issue

  • 2022 HCV Waiting list opening
  • HUD Landlord resources
  • Rent increase submission email

2022 HCV Waiting list opening

The Housing Authority is excited to announce that we will accept application for our 2022 HCV Waiting List. Application will be accepted on-line only from 7:30am Monday May 2, 2022 to 11:59pm Tuesday May 31, 2022.

Preference will be given to the US Veterans who live or work in Santa Ana and residents who live or work in Santa Ana. At the end of the opening period (May 2, 2022 to May 31, 2022) the Housing Authority will randomly (lottery) select 7,500 applications to place on the 2022 HCV waiting list. Therefore, it is important to note that it does not matter whether the application was submitted on the first day or the last day of the application period.

For any resident that do not have a computer or internet access, please click on the link below to see a complete list of locations that offer computer access, or they may go to the Santa Ana Main library or the Newhope Branch to apply. We also have a kiosk in our office available for use.

Please encourage your unassisted tenants to apply and we appreciate any assistance you can provide to your tenants to complete the application process.

Click here for more information

HUD Landlord resources webpage

Recently HUD has created a Landlord Resources Webpage to provide landlords additional information about the Housing Choice Voucher Program. For this month we will introduce you to a video that provide you with an overview of the HCV program.

Next month, we will introduce you to the inspection process.

The housing choice voucher (HCV) program is the federal government’s primary program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

Click here for more information

New rent increase submission email

To streamline the process to request rent increases, we created an email account dedicated to only rent increase requests. To ensure that your rent increase request is processed timely and correctly, please email all of your rent increase requests to SAHARentIncrease@santa-ana.org

Update on our essential services during the pandemic

Our staff continues working here in the office during this pandemic to process your payments in a timely manner for all of our assisted-families. Meanwhile, we have new voucher holders searching for a unit with our Emergency Housing Vouchers, Mainstream vouchers and HUD-VASH vouchers. If you currently have a vacancy or you are expecting to have a vacancy in the near future, we encourage you to list your vacant unit at www.affordablehousing.com. You may also consider signing up for our region’s landlord incentive program, Welcome Home OC. The website for more information is: www.unitedtoendhomelessness.org/welcomehome.

Did you know?

Our assisted-families can voluntarily participate in a program called the Housing Plus Program. The Housing Plus Program is a HUD program that enables families assisted through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies. The Santa Ana Housing Authority (SAHA) works in collaboration with the Santa Ana WORK Center and a Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) to provide coaching, guidance and case management to Housing Plus Program Participants. Our goal is that all of our non-elderly, non-disabled families voluntarily join our Housing Plus Program and use our housing assistance as a platform to attain self-sufficiency and independence from our housing assistance.

Listing your vacant units with us has never been easier!

Our agency uses a service called www.affordablehousing.com.

www.affordablehousing.com is the largest affordable housing listing service in the nation. It provides a central location where voucher holders can search for available units where the landlord is willing to screen the voucher holder for tenancy. It only takes a couple of minutes to post a free listing and you will get leads sent directly to your inbox.

To list your units, simply go to www.affordablehousing.com or click on the link above. By listing your units on www.affordablehousing.com, this does not obligate you to rent to one of our voucher holders. You are simply expanding your marketing to ensure you are able to find the most qualified tenant possible for your unit(s).

Apartment Association of Orange County

Membership in the Apartment Association of Orange County (AAOC) opens doors of opportunity as you seek to broaden your knowledge of the industry and maximize your potential as an industry professional. You will receive professional assistance that will help you achieve your professional goals.

You can own or manage a single unit or thousands of units – AAOC offers something for everybody!

AAOC will provide you with the tools you need be an even more successful rental housing owner, some of which include:

  • Access to Nationwide Credit, Eviction, and Criminal Background Checks
  • Counseling Assistance for your Rental Housing Questions and Concerns
  • Access to a Full Collection of Legal and Operational Forms
  • Educational Seminars & Certified Property Management Courses
  • Protection of your Rental Property Rights through Legislative Advocacy
  • Membership with the National Apartment Association (NAA)
  • Annual subscription to AAOC’s Apartment News magazine & NAA’s units magazine

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