Housing Choice Voucher Program Participant Update
There has been a decrease in funding for Housing Assistance Payments paid to rental owners on behalf of families on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program for 2013. The following letter provides information about the funding cuts and policy changes that have been made due to the cuts.
If You Are Disabled
The Oceanside Housing Authority complies with all laws and implementing regulations which provide for non-discrimination and accessibility in Federally funded housing and non-housing programs for people with disabilities. This includes Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 and the Fair Housing Act of 1988. Available to the public is The Accessibility Notice.
If you are a person with a disability and require any special accommodation due to your disability, please let an employee of the Housing Authority know what accommodations you require. The application for the Section 8 program asks if any special accommodation is needed by any disabled member of the household. Please complete this section if applicable. It is the intention of this agency to take actions to make the housing assistance programs or any non-housing program accessible to those with disabilities unless those actions would result in an undue burden. If you have any questions about this policy you may ask to speak with the supervisor of your Housing Specialist or you may inquire in writing.
Additional information and a form (24.4 KB) to request a Reasonable Accommodation is available here. It may be necessary to verify your need for a Reasonable Accommodation.
For more information about Section 8 and the disabled, we have a Guide book that was written for that purpose. Guide book (2.6 MB) for Section 8 and disabled.
Access to Independence provides information and supportive services to those that are disabled.
Community Resources for Persons with Disabilities (47.2 KB) lists organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities, as well as a listing of accessible units in Oceanside.
When Tenant and Landlord Disagree
If you are a tenant or landlord and are having problems with a tenancy, the Housing Authority encourages both sides to sit down together and review the lease that the two of you have signed. Most leases address problems that could arise during a tenancy. The Housing Specialists at the Housing Authority are not attorneys and are not allowed to give legal advice to either a tenant or landlord.
The State of California has published a book for tenants and landlords, and is available for you to read Tenant/Landlord Handbook.
If you are not familiar with the laws of the State of California, please refer to this handbook before taking any action.
North County Lifeline provides tenant/landlord mediation, legal and fair housing services for Oceanside residents.
Remember that if a participant is evicted from a rental unit due to lease violations they may lose their housing assistance. It is very important for any problems to be resolved as soon as they come up.
Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can file a fair housing complaint.
For more information about discrimination, please contact North County Lifeline.
The Fair Housing booklet "Equal Opportunity for All" is available here. Equal Opportunity for All and the Housing Discrimination Complaint Form in Portable Document Format (.pdf)
If you need legal services and are unable to pay for the service, you may qualify for free legal assistance. Contact Legal Aid Society of San Diego, 1-877-LEGAL AID (1-877-534-2524)
Participants in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program are responsible for reporting any household and income changes in writing to the Housing Authority within 14 days of occurrence. Please send the Household Income Change Form (103.28 KB) to your Housing Specialist (48.7 KB). You may mail the information to your Housing Specialist at: Neighborhood Services Department, Housing Division, 300 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA 92054
Section 8 recipients are expected to be aware of their responsibilities as a participant. The Statement of Responsibilities (34.4 KB) outlines your obligations as a program participant.