Apply For Housing
For open waitlists administered by HACSJ and details on how to apply, please click here. Applications will only be accepted during times when waitlists are open.
HACSJ administers several rental assistance programs. Separate waitlists are maintained for each program. Our programs include:
- Housing Choice Voucher Program
- Public Housing
- Project-Based Voucher Program
- 11 Site-Based Properties
The average wait time is contingent upon program turnover and funding and could take 3-6 years.
Programs such as HUD-VASH, Family Unification Program, and the Mainstream Voucher Program receive referrals from community partners.
Income Limits For Admission
HACSJ uses income limits established by HUD that determine eligibility for admission to all rental assistance programs including Public Housing, Project-Based Voucher program, and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.
Many of your waitlist questions may be answered in our list of frequently asked questions.
If you have already applied, you may log into your account in the online Rent Café Portal to check your status, and make other updates. HACSJ no longer makes changes to waitlist applications.
Can I apply for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8 Program)?
The Section 8 program is currently closed. To date, there is no scheduled date to reopen the waiting list. When the waiting list opens, the Housing Authority will publish it in all of the local newspapers and on the web page at www.hacsj.org
Where is my position number on the waiting list and how long is the wait?
The Housing Authority does not provide position numbers. That information is not provided.
It is not possible to predict how long an applicant will be on the waiting list. The wait time depends on the turnover rate and funding. In many cases, an applicant may have to wait an undetermined amount of years before their name will reach the top of the list.
What is the income requirement for the Section 8 program?
Income limits are only established for new people being admitted to the program.
What if an applicant needs to make a change to their waiting list application?
All changes to waiting list applications must be made in writing. Changes may be submitted by mail at:
2575 Grand Canal Blvd., Ste. 100, Stockton, CA 95207
or hand-carried into the office at:
2575 GrandCanal Blvd., Ste. 100 , Stockton CA 95207
What are your payment standards?
The Payment Standards are available on the website at www.hacsj.org. The payment standards will not be the same as the voucher amount. The Housing Authority makes that determination when all household information (income, composition, etc.) has been received. The payment standard is the maximum subsidy payment before any deductions.
I have a Section 8 voucher for a 3 bedroom. Would I be able to move into a larger or smaller bedroom unit?
It is not advisable that you move into a larger or smaller unit unless the contract rent is at or below the estimated rent amount on your voucher.
When and where can I move?
The Housing Authority prohibits any move during the initial lease term. The Housing Authority also prohibits more than one move during any one year. The Housing Authority and the landlord must approve a transfer. Exceptions include:
- when the Housing Authority has terminated the lease due to the owner’s breach
- the family is a victim of domestic, dating, or stalking violence
- or the lease has been terminated by mutual agreement of the owner and the tenant
Families receiving Section 8 assistance may move anywhere in the United States that administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
How much will the Housing Authority pay on my behalf?
The Housing Authority pays about 30% of your adjusted monthly income. Other factors include the voucher payment standard and the gross rent.
Can I reschedule my appointments?
The Housing Authority recommends that you keep your scheduled appointments to avoid service delays. The Housing Authority will reschedule at least once. This includes annual reexaminations, interim examinations, and inspections.
How do I add or remove people from my household?
Families are required to report changes to the family composition within 30 days of the change. All changes must be submitted in writing. Approval is needed to add members to the household. The Housing Authority is required to conduct a criminal background check on all adult members over the age of 18 and older. Changes to the household composition may affect the voucher size and subsidy amount.
Who is my caseworker and who do I report changes to?
Caseworkers are assigned by last name, and all changes should be reported to them. If you do not know your case worker, call (209) 460-5000.
I am transferring in from another city/state. What are the amounts per bedroom size?
The Payment Standards are available on our website at www.hacsj.com. Keep in mind that these amounts will not be the same as the voucher amount. The Housing Authority makes that determination when all household information (income, composition, etc.) has been received. The payment standard is the maximum subsidy payment before any deductions.
I am transferring in from another city/state. Who should I send my portable transfer packet to?
Mail your portable transfer packer to:
2575 Grand Canal Blvd. Ste. 100 Ste 100, Stockton, CA 95207