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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Eligibility 
How Do I Apply for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?
Preferences
How Do I Update my Section 8 Waiting List Application?
How Long Do I Have to Wait?

Section 8 (also known as Housing Choice Voucher) assistance is available only to U.S. citizens, non-citizens with legal immigration status, and "mixed families" (families in which at least one, but not all members are U. S. citizens). Assistance to mixed families will be prorated. The same program rules and regulations for determining eligibility status for Section 8 rental assistance apply to everyone.

To be eligible, the household must be either a family or a single person whose income does not exceed the area limits as set by HUD. HUD's income limits for the San Diego area are in the table below. Only families meeting Extremely Low and Very Low Income standards are eligible for Section 8 assistance. HUD regulations require that 75% of new admissions to the Section 8 program. The remaining new admissions may not exceed the Very Low Income limit.

2013 Section 8 Income Limits (Effective 12/18/2013)

# of Persons

Extremely Low Income - 30% of Median

Very Low Income - 50% of Median

1

16,600

27,650

2

18,950

31,600

3

21,300

35,550

4

23,650

39,450

5

25,550

42,650

6

27,450

45,800

7

29,350

48,950

8

31,250

52,100

How Do I Apply For The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?

Pre-applications are accepted in person and through the mail. You may apply in person at the Housing Division offices located at 321 N. Nevada Street, Oceanside, CA, 92054. You may also call 760-435-3360 and request that an application be mailed to you. The mailing address is: City of Oceanside Neighborhood Services Dept., Housing Division, 300 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA 92054. Attention: Waiting List.

We do not currently accept online applications.

Preferences

Applicants will be selected from the waiting list in accordance with the date and time of application and taking into consideration the preferences that they are entitled to. Selection of applicants will be made in the following order:

Applicant resides or is employed in Oceanside:

  • Displaced By Government Action or Natural Disaster
  • Head Of Household or Spouse is a Veteran
  • All Other Applicants

Applicant does not reside or is not employed in Oceanside:

  • Displaced By Government Action or Natural Disaster
  • Head Of Household or Spouse is a Veteran
  • All Other Applicants

The City of Oceanside is currently assisting eligible resident non-veteran applicants that completed a pre-application prior to 2007 and eligible veteran applicants who applied prior to 2007  Applicants who live or work in Oceanside have first priority for assistance. We suggest that you apply for housing assistance in the community where you are currently living and/or working. The HUD website provides information for Housing Authorities in the United States and its territories.

How Do I Update My Section 8 Waiting List Application?

Waiting List update forms are available at the Housing Authority offices, through the mail, or you may complete the attached Waiting List Change Form  (64.5 KB) and mail it to: City of Oceanside, Neighborhood Services Dept., Housing Division, 300 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA 92054. You may also bring it the Housing Division office located at: 321 N. Nevada Street, Oceanside, CA 92054.

How Long Do I Have To Wait?

As of March 2014, the estimated wait time is seven to eight years. We are currently working with households who applied before January 2007.   New households cannot be called in for assistance until a current household drops from the program.  It is suggested that you keep your options open by applying for all appropriate housing resources.  The Housing Resources Directory provides many resources for affordable housing in San Diego County. You will need to contact each complex directly to find out information such as eligibility, requirements, and waiting lists. The Housing Authority does not provide any emergency housing services.