California Housing Assistance

California Housing Vouchers * Public Housing

Keep Your Home California * Making Home Affordable

California housing assistance includes numerous federally and state funded programs specifically designed to help its residents with various housing needs.

California Section 8 Program

Section 8 Housing Program was created by the Federal Government to help low-income families and individuals get affordable housing at their choice in the private market.

California Section 8 Housing Program is funded by federal grants and provides housing financial help to eligible California residents that need affordable California housing.

Depending on the target population and participants’ housing needs the Section 8 Program offers different housing options. Most popular are the Housing Choice Vouchers.

Section 8 Program offers the Housing Choice Vouchers as financial assistance to eligible low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled.

Beneficiaries can use the vouchers to get affordable, safe, and sanitary California housing by choosing a housing unit that is approved under the Section 8 Program.

Learn more about the type of Housing Choice Vouchers and how to apply in California.

California Housing Choice Vouchers


California Public Housing

Another housing option for a low-income household in California is housing developments owned, managed, and maintained by the local Public Housing Agencies (PHA).

Rental rates are controlled and established by the local PHA withing the HUD income limits and guidelines.

Low rent public housing units are offered to eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Find more and search for California subsidized and low-rent apartments here.

California Low-Rent Apartments


California Hardest Hit Fund – Keep Your Home California Program

The latest economic and housing crisis hit very hard California and the State was included in the Hardest Hit Fund – a federal fund authorized under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

To help financially distressed homeowners facing foreclosures in California, the Federal Government allocated $1,97 billion under the Hardest Hit Fund Program to the State.

Find more about Keep Your Home California program and how it helps affected homeowners get back on their feet.

Keep Your Home California


Making Home Affordable

Making Home Affordable is another federal program designed to cover different homeowners’ hardships and financial situations.

The program provides different options that can help California homeowners in hardship stay in their homes.

One option of Making Home Affordable program helps qualified homeowners lower their monthly payments, another just lower their interest rates on their home loan.

More about all foreclosure alternatives at Making Home Affordable page.



Homeless Help Organizations in California

Federal Government or State of California agencies do not provide grants directly to individuals who are looking to benefit from California housing options.

But each year, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development does provide grants to governments, nonprofits, and other eligible grantees who administer various housing and community development programs including services for homeless persons.

There are many non-profits, charities, community action agencies that provide homeless services to California residents in need of shelter. As funds are available, those California homeless service organizations may offer motel vouchers, rent, utilities and utility deposits for homelessness prevention, and food referral services.

California Homeless Service Organizations

California Low-Rent Apartments

Find more and search for California subsidized and low-rent apartments here.