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The Housing Authority assists over 16,000 low-income families and individuals through a variety of programs including the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program.

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July 1, 2013-- Resource Fair for Tenants

HACSC is holding a Resource Fair for Tenants where they can learn more about agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide services to assist low-income families. The Resource Fair is being held on July 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Social Services Agency auditorium, 333 West Julian Street. San Jose, CA 95110. For more information on this event, click here.


Recently, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) applied major funding cuts to the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 program. In response to these cuts, the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara (HACSC) has made several changes which allow it to continue to offer housing assistance to the same number of families in Santa Clara County. Our objective was to provide current participants with some assistance, rather than terminate almost 1,000 families from the program.

One of the changes is a freeze in contract rent increases to owners. This freeze will be effective for a one year period and is effective for any requests to increase contract rents received June 24, 2013 to June 23, 2014. This freeze will allow HACSC to save Housing Assistance Payment costs.

The policy and program changes which will directly affect Section 8 tenants are an increased tenant contribution towards the rent which will be effective on September 1, 2013 and will result in lower payments from the Housing Authority; and a streamlined voucher size policy which will be effective September 1, 2013 or the date a family moves into a new Section 8 assisted unit, whichever comes first. An additional change is, and a one year rent increase freeze.

Please read the document below for more information on these changes.

Special Rent Portion Letter - Cost Savings Act - Sample - English
Tenant Program Changes - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Flyer 7/15/13 - English

Special Rent Portion Letter - Cost Savings Act - Sample - Spanish
Tenant Program Changes - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Flyer 7/15/13 - Spanish

Special Rent Portion Letter - Cost Savings Act - Sample - Vietnamese
Tenant Program Changes - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Flyer 7/15/13 - Vietnamese

Go to the Voucher Waiting List page for more information on how to sign up for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and to access other housing resources.  Or check out opportunities for renting a Housing Authority-owned apartment.

And you are looking for a place to rent using your Voucher, you will find a list of units available for Voucher holders by going to the Unit Listing page or by picking up a Unit Listing from the lobby of the Housing Authority at 505 West Julian Street in San Jose. You may also use your Voucher at many Housing Authority-owned apartments.

Please review the Voucher Program Procedures for important information about policies and regulations you must follow while being assisted under the HCV Program.

There are many programs available to help HCV Program participants increase their income, save money, become self-sufficient, and buy a home.  Use the links below to read about current programs:

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