After staging a lottery for the first time in five years, the Los Angeles Housing Authority has selected 30,000 winners for its Section 8 rental assistance program waitlist.
How many people applied for the lottery? HACLA received 223,375 lottery applications. This represents a 19% increase since the last lottery in 2017. That increase shows that the growing number of Angelenos needing housing assistance outpaces the available federal funds, according to a spokesperson from the agency.
Who was selected? The 30,000 slots went to people who live or work in the city of Los Angeles, including households with veterans. For the lucky few who’ve secured a spot on the waitlist, the road to finding an affordable apartment likely remains a long one.
What’s next: All applicants will receive an email informing them whether or not they got a spot on the waitlist. Starting today, applicants can also check their status at hacla.hcvlist.org or by calling (877) 621-7328 TTY 711.